Wednesday, May 28, 2008

They come for your cable box

This has been a long time coming. Of course, everyone needs to get a new TV anyway by February (or yet another set-top box), so it's long past due for the TV manufacturers and content providers to get this figured out.

7 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, May 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just have bought a digital ,insignia tv set from best buy, now you tell me to buy another tv set there with all of the bell and whistles from sony . ouch, ouch and double OUCH!

 
At 10:16 AM, May 28, 2008, Anonymous ethan said...

If you have cable or satellite service, you do not need to do anything before the Feb 2009 DTV deadline. The only people who need a new tv or a new converter box are people who watch tv "over the air" with an antenna. There are a few basic pieces of information here: http://www.koaa.com/d_tv_switchover/

 
At 10:39 AM, May 28, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah... you don't NEED to buy another TV. But I'm telling ya, you NEED to buy another TV.

 
At 8:48 PM, May 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh rats , theres goes the tv set again. ill just wait unitl next innovation comes by like 3-d tv oooh ahhh, by the way, i just saw on cheyenne mtn . it looks like another tv tower being put up there ? can anyone give me the scoop what tv or fm station has the tv tower , it my guess , its either?kbdi tv-12 or it could be a neww tv or fm station, by the way is digi channel 13-2 is now telemundo .right?

 
At 8:22 AM, May 31, 2008, Anonymous KARTman said...

Andy,
HARDLY ANYONE NEEDS HDTV!!!!!
I have been reading your columns and I don't agree with your perspective on NEEDING to buy a HDTV. I know you probably don't get any kickbacks from the TV manufactures or TV service providers. But based on your writings I would think you do.
The main reason I watch TV is because of the words, dialogue, or script. Seeing the video definitely adds value, but seeing it in HD does not add that more to my enjoyment of the program. I am having a hard time seeing the cost justification for HD. I definitely see the cost justification for a DVR or TiVo, but paying extra to see hi-def scripted shows such as Lost, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The Office doesn't change how much I enjoy the show, because most of the entertainment stimulates my mind. I could see justification for the avid sports fan or Discovery Channel watcher where seeing more details changes the program. But seeing HD does not allow you to see more script. My estimate for the cost of HD is about $30 more a month for the cable HD Service and HD DVR, plus the cost of the HD TV which I will just roundly say is $900 total and break it down to $25/month for 3 years. So is it worth $55 more month just to be able to see the blemishes on newscasters faces and more details on my shows. I don't thinks so.

 
At 1:48 PM, May 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my insignia dtv digital set from best buy set me back about 300.00 bucks and it not 480 or 720p or whatever . i have to buy one way or the other and all of the retail stores are making a big hit on it too.and it not one of the manufacturers are not from america.thats kind of bad.i thought that us americans can make something but not any more i guess.

 
At 1:48 PM, May 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my insignia dtv digital set from best buy set me back about 300.00 bucks and it not 480 or 720p or whatever . i have to buy one way or the other and all of the retail stores are making a big hit on it too.and it not one of the manufacturers are not from america.thats kind of bad.i thought that us americans can make something but not any more i guess.

 

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