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DTV switch coming Monday

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The countdown is almost over. We are less than one day away from the switch to digital television. Our area is the first in the country to make the switch. There are some people that still need to set up their converter boxes before those rabbit ears stop working. Dish Network was out on Sunday answering questions and handing out converter boxes. Tina Baysden had her converter box installed and she said it is easy to see the improvement from analog to digital. Tina said, “Since I had the box installed I can tell that I got better reception and everything. Without the converter box and whatever, I wouldn't be able to get the reception and whatever.” Installing the converter box is as easy, and Dish Network's Francie Bauer says digital T.V. may bring more than just a clearer picture. Francie said, “Not only does it bring a crystal clear picture, but with our box we have an on screen programming guide. So they can actually see the channels on their screen versus having to go to a newspaper. For those that use an antenna and still do not have a converter box, it is not too late. You can still buy new boxes after Monday's switch. If you still have rabbit ears by tomorrow at noon, your television set will not work. You will need a converter box. If you have a government coupon for one, make sure you watch the expiration date. Coupons expire 90 days from the day they were mailed.

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About digital TV

Why did you switch over before the rest of the country did on Feb,2009. I thought by law , you could not change over til Feb 09. WHY>>>WHY>>>WHY>>> UNREAL... A bit GREEDY

the switch has happened but have you thought about emergencys

the Switch has happened but have you thought about emergencys . IF YOUR SATILITE DON'T WORK OR THE CABLE DON'T . YOU ALL TEND TO FORGET IN BAD WEATHER THE SATILITES AND CABLE WILL NOT HELP YOU A BIT THEY GO OUT . THE ATMOSPHERE CAN'T CUT THRU TO GET THE SIGNALS OF DIGITAL WAVES. SO WHAT THEN. ARE YOU BRAIN DEAD FCC GOV.? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO WORK THIS DUMB DUMB FCC.TO ME THE ANALOG WILL STILL NEED TO BE USED IN SOME WAY FOR TV STATIONS TO GIVE OUT INFO.. HERE ANOTHER QUESTION! THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN RURAL AREAS THAT CAN'T RECIEVE DIGITAL SATILITE OR CABLE BECAUSE OF THE AREA THEY ARE IN AND THE BOX DON'T WORK HAHHAHHA FIGURE THAT OUT. SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO EAT MUCH LESS BUY A DTV BOX. THE GOVERMENT SHOULD PAY FOR EVERY ONE TO HAVE A BOXES WITH NO CHARGE. AND WHY DOES THE COUPON HAVE A DEADLINE EXPIRE DATE THAT DOESN'T MAKES SINCE. GUESS HOW MANY OLD TV'S WILL BE IN THE DUMP (LANDFIELDS) NOW BECAUSE OF THIS. GEEZ THEY REALLY NEED TO REFIGURE THIS. SOME PEOPLE DO HAVE MORE THAN 2 OLD TVS IN THEIR HOUSE. AND FCC IS ONLY GIVING 2 COUPONS WHY NOT JUST PAY THE MAKERS OF THE BOX AND IT WILL BE AT THE STORE FOR TEN DOLLARS?

LOL

Why are you so angry? First, I have DirectTV...I VERY RARELY EVER loose reception...RARELY....my parents, who have TW...loose their digital signal just as much as I do...which is still rarely. When their cable is OUT....guess what...my satellite ALWAYS IS WORKING...I get a DIRECT SIGNAL from space...what TW gives you is a signal THEY RECEIVE BY WHAT...SATELLITE, then pump it thru cable to your home...so in essence you are getting a third hand signal... LASTLY...I don't depend on TV for emergency situations...that is why I have an FM radio with batteries...

I wish WWAY-DT would add the

I wish WWAY-DT would add the CW network on one of their digital sub-channels (as WNCT in Greenville has done), since Wilmington has no over-the-air CW affiliate (the closest is WWMB in Myrtle Beach and the aforementioned WNCT-DT2). Then we would get ALL the networks for free, over the air digitally.

Add ME-TV network

Since RTV programming is not as good as it was when it started, is there any chance of a switch to ME-TV? I would like to watch I Love Lucy instead of Robin Hood, or any classic show instead of infomercials and the "retro" programming on RTV.

THIRDED

They local channels just won't allow it....we had JUST gotten WB on DirectTV locals when they did the merger and became CW...haven't had it since.

Agreed

Agreed. It's sad that Wilmington, home to One Tree Hill, does not have an Over-The-Air CW Network Affiliate.

Satellite TV (DirecTV and

Satellite TV (DirecTV and DISH Network) have always been DIGITAL, but their signals are not nearly as good as what is being broadcast over the air digitally. It all depends on the amount of compression being used on a particular signal. And, standard-definition "locals" (via satellite) are notorious for being over-compressed. Spend the 20-bucks to get a box. Try it out. You'll be impressed.

You May Need To Upgrade Your Off-Air Antenna Also

Consumer Reports has just upgraded their ratings on some of the available converter boxes at: http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2008/08/ratings-of-dtv.html While cable and satellite program providers will continue to serve the great majority of homes as the primary signal source, missing HD local reception, compression issues, higher costs, billing add-ons, service outages, contact difficulties, in-home service waits and no shows have left many of these subscribers looking to OTA antennas as a good, alternative and Off-Air viewers happy with their free programming. But TV reception starts with the right antenna and Off-Air TV is FREE. Viewers should certainly try their old antenna first. It’s true that any of these older antennas will pick up some signals, maybe all the broadcast signals a viewer wants to receive, depending on their location. If they’re getting all the OTA channels they want, than they’re good to go. While Antennas can’t tell the difference between analog and digital signals, there are definitely certain models which have higher DTV batting averages than others. Not all antennas are equally suited for DTV. A percentage of viewers will require something a little more tailored for DTV reception. With one of the newer and smaller OTA antennas, with greatly improved performance, power and aesthetics, viewers may also be able to receive out-of-town channels, carrying blacked out sports programs not available locally, several additional sub-channels or network broadcasts. And for those with an HDTV, almost completely uncompressed HD broadcasts (unlike cable or satellite). OTA viewers can go to antennapoint.com to see quickly what stations are available to them, the distance, and compass heading to help in choosing and aiming their antenna. And if they decide to buy a newer antenna, they should buy it from a source that will completely refund their purchase price, no questions asked, if it doesn’t do the job.

UHF vs. VHF

As respects antennas, the fact that WWAY and WECT are broadcasting on UHF (46 & 44 for DTV) instead of Low-VHF (3 & 6 for analog) seems to be largely ignored. Actually, all of the Wilmington local stations are now only UHF for digital, though this will not be the case for most of the rest of the country. So, fighting with rabbit ears is kind of silly, since the loop portion of set-tops are used for UHF. I wonder how many VHF only antennas are in use in Wilmington as well as twin lead to outdoor antennas. I will add TVfool.com as a good source for determining reception prospects. Good luck with an antenna right on top of an old TV. CRT's = noise. Also, amplified antennas can often hurt more than they help.

WELL there is another matter dtv

WELL there is another matter dtv for ac/dc tvs that people have need a small box when will they be available?? and why is it that all the boxes have to be so big and take up the whole tv cabinet. the days of having room for yet another box . we have the vcr ,the dvd player the sat box the cable box . i sorta like free tv better than getting sucked dry of money.

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Tina said, “Since I had the box installed I can tell that I got better reception and everything. Without the converter box and whatever, I wouldn't be able to get the reception and whatever.” Tina might want to turn off the tv and open a book. Or whatever. And everything.

Thank Goodness

Thank goodness the waiting and the anxiety is over...not to mention the endless televised warnings. Yet, we will go down in history as the first to go digital television...good trivia question.

DTV conversion and antennae

As someone before has mentioned, the antenna makes a big difference, most of the stations throughout the country will switch to UHF so you will need the loop on old antennae, rabbit ears won't help. Digital signals very sensitive to metal and even air ducts in wall can block signals. So go to the library and look up www.tvfool.com and/or www.antennaweb.org and enter your address so you can find which way to aim your antenna, if it is an old outdoor antenna and you don't get good reception, first check which way it is aimed, watch for blocking structures, and second check the cable that connects to the house, you will get much better reception with RG-6, instead of old RG-59. Preamplifiers at the antenna work better than by the TV. Try an inexpensive indoor antenna in a window that points the right direction before you get too fancy/expensive. Smart Antenna should becoming out soon for the RCA DTA800B box, but there are other multidirectional antenna for others (eg., RCA ANT1500), newer outdoor antenna like Clearstream 2 work great for UHF and high VHF Channel 7-13, but for Channels 2-6 old rabbit ears work great (unfortunately in Wilmington there are none). The world is watching Wilmington, and many of us are jealous!

why did wilmington have to

why did wilmington have to go digital so far ahead of the rest of the country ????

Well gee...

"Tina Baysden had her converter box installed and she says it's easy to see the improvement from analog to digital. Tina said, “Since I had the box installed I can tell that I got better reception and everything. Without the converter box and whatever, I wouldn't be able to get the reception and whatever.”" Well gee Tina, please, like, describe, you know, what, like, that "Whatever" is. "If you have a government coupon for one, make sure you watch the expiration date. Coupons expire 90 days from the day they were mailed." I just love my tax dollars being spent this way...don't you?

Won't work

Kudos to WWAY for putting this up the day before the switch...I don't see any specific news/information based on today on any of the other local TV sites in Wilmington. You might want to add that the FCC has officially confirmed that the "switch" will take place as scheduled at noon tomorrow, despite Hanna and its after effects. One nitpicking correction: "If you still have rabbit ears by tomorrow at noon, your television set will not work." No, the TV will still work. It just won't pick up WWAY and the other full-power (and one low-power) commercial stations without a converter. And it'll still work if the TV has an ATSC (digital) tuner. And it'll still work if you get WWAY and the other Wilmington commercial network affiliates via cable or satellite.

Well..

I can say that for some this probably has been REALLY confusing. MOST of the ads make it sound like your TV will magically stop working. IT'S VERY SIMPLE....if you have rabbit ears or an outside antenna...IT WON'T WORK...other than that...business as usual if you have cable or satellite....EVERY channel is digital with satellite...always has been.

Saellite delivered TV was

Saellite delivered TV was analog for many years before it went digital with Dish and DirecTV. A minor point, but whatever.

Noooooo....

You can still use rabbit ears and outside antennas with digital TV... the problem with non-digital TVs is the TUNER, not the ANTENNA!. To improve your reception, you can still use those antennas with the converter box (which is a digital TUNER that converts the digital signal to something older analog TVs can understand) or with the newer digital TVs that have an digital (ATSC) tuner.