When the FCC does its testing, they use a 30 foot antenna, which I think is completely unfair. For many, many years most analog viewers just used settop antennas with a height of ~5 feet. That's the height the FCC should be using if they want to have "same as analog" coverage for the digital signal.
Originally Posted by golinux
So for [two and a half] years the cost [$250] between cable service and new OTA equipment is the same. After that however, the cost of cable service is an indefinite liability. Where's the logic in perpetual servitude to a monthly bloodsucker?
The advantage is you don't end-up crying like my mother, or throwing your Zenith DTT900 against the wall like my angry father did. This transition is EXTREMELY frustrating for the average people who are not technical like us.
If you still don't understand, hand your grandmother a DTV coupon box, and sit back and watch her try to hook it up. And after its hooked-up, watch grandma's frustration as she only gets 4 channels instead of her usual 15. (That in a nutshell is what happened to my parents.)
Buying ~$10 a month cable or DishTV is often preferable simply because it's easy-to-use.
Originally Posted by Mitzy
Getting really frustrated with this whole conversion thing and don't know who to call to help.
Start with your ~10 congressional representatives and 2 state senators, and tell them you don't appreciate losing your analog television. Also tell them you won't hang-up until they provide some help, because they OWE that to you.
If they don't help, organize a local committee to get them removed from office. (Actually, they probably deserve to be removed for *other* reasons in addition to the tv frak-up.)