I apologize. I did not realize low-power stations were exempt. Everywhere I've traveled always included the LP stations on cable so I thought they too were part of the must-carry rules. As for full-power stations, can you name an example where a full-power station demanded to be removed from cable (in effect losing 60% of their cable-based audience)? ----- I still consider locals-only cable/dish a viable option & worthy of recommendation to people concerned about losing television. In some cases it's superior, as was the case with my parents who only get 4 channels with their Zenith Box plus rabbit ears. Getting cable would be an upgrade from 4 digital stations to 12 analog locals.
One minor correction: Ghosts only happen when multiple versions of the same signal are received (reflected off neighboring buildings). With cable, there are no reflections and only one signal is received, therefore no ghosts. .
Originally Posted by partsman_ba
Your costs were estimated too high for most peoples situations, Many people already have an antenna which will work fine, and
(1) Can you share your estimates again of what a DTV upgrade costs? (Note: A typical box costs $60 plus tax, plus either shipping or gasoline. About $70 for a Zenith/Insignia/DTVpal and $80 for a Channel Master.)
(2) I hope you're not calling rabbit ears or settop antenna as "fine", because I've tried it and it isn't good enough for DTV. (How many of the people who visit you have nothing more than settop antennas?)
As for cost, sometimes TIME cost is more important than dollar cost. As example H&R Block screwed-up my 2007 taxes. It's taken me 5 hours to straighten the mess, and H&R Block claims I lost nothing because they are paying the resulting gov't-issued penalities, but I vehemently disagree. It cost me 5 hours of my life filling-out paperwork & making phone calls to fix their mistakes. ----- There are some people, such as my coworker, who decided the several hours worth of "time cost" to upgrade to DTV plus a new antenna was not worth it, and simply picked-up the phone and called Time-Warner.
That's a valid decision on my coworker's part.Golinux:
I couldn't live without my TV (or internet), because there are too many good shows I want to see. Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, the Shield, Monk. Or classics: Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, the Odd Couple, Matlock. ----- Also classic movies: Gone with the Wind, Tale of Two Cities, Casablanca, Wuthering Heights, Ben-hur, and on and on and on.