America is going digital today

by reynz on June 12, 2009

A different kind of Independence Day

Today, Friday in America, is a big day. This is the day that the switch to digital TV, or DTV is going to happen. It will start at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Around that time, 974 full-power stations that cover major markets such as New York and Los Angeles will start shutting down analog signals. The transition is expected to be done by midnight.

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Just one very minor problem gramma!!

About 3.1 million over-the-air homes won’t be ready, Nielsen predicts. Aguy! Hahaha! But hey! Just like any conversion, no matter how many Implementation Managers you have around, sometimes, there always is a problem. But we will know if America cries about this conversion starting tomorrow. Whatever hiccups? They better fix it before the Monday Night Football. Trust me on this one, you better let the Americans watch their football! That’s their religion here.


Why the switch?

Analog TV signals occupy a big chunk of the spectrum. Digital television, which also is broadcast through the air, occupies about 25 percent less space on the spectrum than analog — and offers more services.

According to techno-geeks:

Digital signal is more concise. It’s a crisp signal and also has the ability to be high-definition with surround-sound encoded into it. It has the ability to be smarter, so it has more functions.”

Money to the government

The analog space — owned by the federal government and leased to TV stations through license fees — is considered the “beachfront property” of the spectrum worth several billion dollars. With the switch to digital, the space freed up by the unused analog signals will be returned to the federal government and auctioned off to new providers and services, according to Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

What’s going to happen?

TV stations will shut off analog signals today. So, those TV without a digital tuner, called an ATSC tuner, will not receive programming. TV sets sold after March 2007 comes equipped with a digital tuner, so they’re ready for today’s change. Those older than that probably don’t have one.

Why do I care?

To Filipino-Americans around, you better. Tapos na ang de-padyak TV. Else, you’d be staring at a blank monitor. Wag mo syang kalugin, ain’t gonna work. If you are hooked up to cable or a satellite service, sit back and relax because they’re the ones who will make sure that you’ll receive the latest digital service. These cable companies will take the necessary steps and transmit the correct signals to you.

What do I do now?

You have three choices:

  • Subscribe to Barrio Siete feeds cable or satellite. It’s the costliest option, but the easiest since equipment will be installed for you. It also might take a few days to schedule.
  • Buy a new television. All televisions sold now have a built-in digital tuner. Most will also offer a high-definition picture, taking advantage of the sharper images being broadcast for free.
  • Get a converter box. They are sold at most electronics stores. Most come complete with the necessary cable and are relatively easy to install.

For more information:

  1. What you need to know about the Digital TV transition.
  2. Digital Television
  3. Television is Going Digital: Get the Picture
  4. Digital TV transition

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

The Cat June 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

paano yong TV ko di alog. hehehe

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reyna elena June 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

yung sa basement namen, tina-tadyakan nang konti, taz pag me da-daan na eroplano, kala mo me hurricane sa screen.

tutal malakas naman yong TV nang neighbor namen, dikit ko na lang tenga sa pader.

make gaya mo na lang siguro ako. hehehe

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dencios June 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

isa ba ito sa mga paraan ng america para makaahon sa kinakaharap na krisis? :D

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orphicpixel June 12, 2009 at 9:54 pm

nako yari na yung mga lumang tv, paano na yan

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Silver June 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Nge!

Ano naman maitutulong nyan sa ekonomiya ng US?

Kailangan ba talagang unahin yan o yung mga homeless at hungry muna?

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Reesie June 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

may tax credit ba pagbumili ka ng converter? hahahaha

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The Cat June 12, 2009 at 11:41 pm

malaki rin ang kikitain ng US dahil sa binebenta nila yong nabakantang broadcast spectrum para sa mga cellphone company at wireless users.

noon kasi nagsasalaba-salabat ang analog at digital.

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The Cat June 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm

all they have to do is to buy a converter box o subscribe sila sa cable na npakamahal.

kasi yong iba, antenna lang ang gamit na na-access lang yong mga basic channels.

ngayon kahit yong basic channels, hindi na nila makuha.

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reyna elena June 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

naging cheap ang digital tv! hahaha

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maxi June 13, 2009 at 12:44 am

Mahal na reyna wala pang Monday night football, sa September pa ang start. NFL took away 2 pre-season games(daw), so maybe it would start differently from the usual season we had in the past. yung TV naming depadyak + deALOG gamit na sya para ikabit yung betamax siguro naman di na kailangan ng digital signal yun.

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ring master June 13, 2009 at 1:06 pm

switching over to digital TV is like pulling off a band-aid… just do it and get it over with

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bisita galing menila June 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Nearly 700,000 calls were received by a federal hot line this week from people confused about the nationwide switch from analog to digital TV broadcasts that occurred Friday.

The Federal Communications Commission said Saturday that about 317,450 calls went into the help line, 1-888-CALL-FCC, on Friday alone, the day analog signals were cut off.

The largest volume of calls came from the Chicago area, followed by Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090613/ap_on_hi_te/us_digital_tv_transition

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lee June 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm

hahaha naaalala ko tuloy yung tv namin nung araw na pinaglumaan ng kamaganakan di pukpok with matching tadyak pag naginit na ulo mo hahaha pwera pa gamit ng tinidot na antena hahahahaha

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lee June 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm

teka makapag bisnes nalang ng tv export to US of A lol

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kikay June 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Reynz,

You forgot to mention that the federal
government is providing 2-$40 dollar coupons per household that could be used towards the purchase of these converter boxes. So, at least di naman masyado masakit sa bulsa ng mga kailangang mag convert ng kanilang tebelisyon.

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reyna elena June 13, 2009 at 12:18 am

yes there is, they can get those back easily dahil the freed up space eh pwede atang ibenta

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The Cat June 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm

meron silang pinadadalang subsidy yata noon para sa converter box worth 40 dollars.

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reyna elena June 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

not really dencios. this has been planned matagal na, it just so that America can keep up with technology. sa totoo lang, huling huli ang America kesa sa Europa pagdating sa technology na to.

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Silver June 13, 2009 at 12:55 am

Ah okay. That’s clear to me na. hahahha…

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dencios June 13, 2009 at 4:42 am

ok copy kamahalan. cleared na :D curious ako technology na yan. para tuloy gusto kong butingtingin ang lumang tv dito provided by the hotel lols.

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reynz June 13, 2009 at 6:35 am

@maxi,

you’re right! hehehe! halata bang di nanonood nang football??

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