More FUD by the media over the digital switch

Posted: October 15, 2008 in Uncategorized
I thought this was finally over. I thought the media finally pulled
their heads out of their collective asses and stopped spreading Fear/Uncertainty/Doubt about the upcoming digital switch for television signals. I was wrong.
In fact, the media have decided to start shoving more than one head up
a single ass. Here’s a great quote to serve as an example:

"About 15 percent of U.S. households use only analog TV sets…"

That’s IT????
My gawd, what an incredibly low percentage! If it’s only 15%, then why
the hell didn’t we make the digital switch two years ago as originally
planned? Talk to your neighbors and friends, and you’ll likely find
most of them use only analog TV sets…a lot of people are waiting
until after the Super Bowl to buy a shiny new digital TV, when the
prices drop a little bit, to coincide with the wonderful digital
transition. I’m one of those people, and I’m only going to replace one of three analog televisions…but still watch TV signals on ALL of them.

"…and could risk their screens going black as analog signals are turned off"

Which is complete bullshit if any part of that 15% are cable subscribers. My guess is that most of them are cable or satellite subscribers, so the rest will just need to get a converter box.

"Owners of analog televisions must buy a TV converter box to receive a digital signal…"

Again, complete bullshit: you will not need a converter box UNLESS you
receive your TV signal over a rooftop antenna or rabbit ears. In a
DIFFERENT PARAGRAPH they state the transition won’t affect cable
subscribers…however, their irresponsible news reporting DOES NOT
specify in said paragraph that it won’t affect cable subscribers still
using analog televisions.

Obviously, whomever wrote this article got paid by a big-name
television manufacturer to scare everybody into buying new TVs for
every room…this is the worst misinformation campaign on the digital
switch I’ve seen so far, and I thought it couldn’t get any worse than
it used to be.

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