Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Oh noes! Our TV's is dark

Here's one for any enterprising local station to try come sweeps week. KING-TV up in Seattle is going to shut off its analog transmitter for five minutes during one of its newscasts, so viewers can see if they are truly receiving digital signals. Or so viewers can switch to KOMO. Better scrap that sweeps suggestion.

I got a press release the other day that said 91 percent of consumers are now aware of the digital transition. Sure, but who knows what that really means? They may think the question is about e-mail and iPods.

All of you out there tech-savvy enough to be reading this now may want to set aside a couple hours to help your parents/grandparents/Aunt Delores hook up a converter box come February, 2009.

3 Comments:

At 10:17 AM, July 23, 2008, Anonymous Jess said...

This is a good time to remind people that if they (or their parents/grandparents/Aunt Delores) are a cable or satellite TV subscriber there is no need for the converter. The converter is only for those that receive their signal via broadcast (rabbit ears or the like).

 
At 10:57 AM, July 23, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Given that not all cable and satellite companies have switched over to receiving and then downconverting local broadcasters' HD signals, it would be too frickin' funny if the "HD test" took out everyone with cable up in Seattle.

 
At 11:51 AM, July 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey KRDO's newscast is in HDTV! The first station to do it. How soon until others follow. The real question, how long will it take for KOAA and KKTV to do it?

 

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