700k+ Call about Analog

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    Jun 15, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    Despite the FCC putting billions of dollars into this campaign, hundreds of thousands of people were shocked to know that analog signals were no more. What do you think of all of this and do you know anyone that hasn't made the switch to digital.

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  • jarhead5536

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    Jun 15, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    I thought that the initial six month delay was a waste of time. This change effects older, low income and rural people disproportionately. My state of Montana is royally screwed up right now because half of our population is in what are called Frontier Communities (less than six people per square mile), and over age 50. Those people aren't any better informed now than they were six months ago. The TV stations have been deluged with phone calls (from land lines of course) wondering what the hell happened to the TV signal! This after almost two years of preparation.

    This was always going to be a first class clusterfuck, and we should have been admitting that all along...
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    Jun 15, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    that Americans are as ignorant and uninformed as I have always thought
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    Jun 15, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    i wish we'd gone digital a LONG time ago
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    Jun 15, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    Despite all the methods of communication available in the US many American continue to remain ignorant and uninformed and of course it is always someone else fault for their ignorance.

    I jump the NYC MTA turnstile and got caught as a kid and received a desk ticket. The preachy judge first words were that ignorance was no excuse for jumping turnstile. The TV media has covered issue, my congressional leaders sent newsletters on issue. Online, as well as paper media has covered issue. The stupid will always remain stupid no matter how much attention a subject has. Now that they have been cut off they'll have to get on board. Period.
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    Jun 15, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    It's shocking that some people live their life in a coma. Drugs and/or alcohol would be the only acceptable excuse.
  • CincyBOJ

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    Jun 15, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    Of course they were upset. Just think of how many years they have not gotten up off the couch. Adding/adjusting a converter is exercise.

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    Jun 15, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    My grandmother actually believe that its wrong for the FCC to make such a switch and have many Americans without television.

    When I asked her, why would she defend the ignorant choices of others she said that she can afford to as she made the switch to digital along with everyone else. I couldn't get over that statement lol
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    Jun 15, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    I admit, I work in a related industry so I pay stronger attention to issues regarding broadcasting...and I seemed to see the notices everywhere.

    I think a lot of people in general are simply not motivated to make a change until it directly impacts them. "yeah, yeah, conversion, blah blah I'll get around to it."

    These were the same people who rushed the stores, tried to buy converter boxes the day before the conversion and expressed VIOLENT OUTRAGE when those stores were sold out of converters.

    Plan ahead people.

    For the elderly, it's up to their support systems to offer as much help as possible.

    I assist in caring for my 86-year old grandmother. I had her converter box purchased, installed, and working in JANUARY.

    She had trouble operating the device, so I just de-installed it and got her cable-ready TV hooked up directly to basic cable.
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    Jun 16, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    comcast monopoly wins?
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    Jun 16, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    So I take it there were no instances like the ending of Halloween 2: Season of the Witch? I thought for sure that the change in signal would make peoples heads explode with an increase percentile for those that listen to I-Pods all day. Maybe the brain just needs time and we may see terror on the highways as people's heads explode with cell phone usage while driving. icon_razz.gif
  • irishboxers

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    Jun 16, 2009 4:40 AM GMT
    Can we also cut off food and water to these people so the idiots can be trimmed from the herd? How much more informed did they have to be? There were PSAs on this every frickin' night for months on end. If you're in a rural area, add a converter box to your list of supplies for your monthly trip to the bigger town down the road and get it done.

    Not that there's any point to debating this on the Internet because the same folks who weren't paying attention to the PSAs are probably equally clueless about other forms of modern communication.

    There's just no excuse.