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Pennsylvania does DTV test 11/17  

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Last night at 6:25 p.m. almost every station in Pennsylvania State did a digital test. People who were watching analog were given a one-minute warning that they have "failed" the test, and that they need to upgrade their televisions to digital reception. People watching digital were told they passed and don't need to change anything.

Unfortunately people with Dish Satellite also failed the test, because Dish is providing the analog NTSC signals to its customers, not the digital ATSC signals. Dish needs to get off their butts and fix this.

As for my home, I'm already prepared so I went-over to help my parents at their house. They are using an amplified settop antenna which just barely works. My dad became angry when he heard the audio keep "skipping" and told me to "unplug that damn box" and restore the set the way it was (analog). I told my mom she really needs to get a bigger antenna, but she refuses to spend the money, saying the politicians never should have allowed this change-over. "They used to serve the people, but now they don't care about us anymore." She also claims she doesn't want to offend the neighbors by putting a big, ugly antenna on the roof. My parents are from the World War II generation.

(sigh). Well at least now I know they'll be able to watch at least three stations (NBC, FOX, CW).

Anybody else have reports to share on their PA test?
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I forgot to add - The [WGAL8-Lancaster] test was sponsored by Comcast. :-)

Immediately after the test they ran two ads saying they will "make sure you survive the digital transition" and offered a reduced rate of $10 a month for basic cable.
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Never noticed, since I get DC/MDWV/VA stations. How in the World does Comcast have this kind of control over the FCC?

Comcast got WDCW to shut-down their local analog translator last December (2007) because they claimed it caused problems with their reception of the stations digital channel. Another example of Corporate America usurping the power of the citizen's rights.
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Here we go again.
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Originally Posted by systems2000 View Post

Never noticed, since I get DC/MDWV/VA stations. How in the World does Comcast have this kind of control over the FCC?

They don't. This DTV test came as a directive from the PA Governor's office. It was a voluntary arrangement done by the State and the stations. Comcast was just advertising. Sorry I didn't make that clearer.
post #6 of 7
I was watching the News Hour on MPT at that time, so I missed it. I wonder how many other people missed it.

If they really want to get a reaction, they should try that at 20:13.
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Not about CECBs. Closed.
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