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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post

Wait, do you Americans have no terrestrial TV with good content?
I mean, the one you pick with your antenna on the roof, that's free...
Because here in Spain very little people pay for TV; and I see most of the posts here referring to subscriber TV like the only TV available.

The USA is quite large and many areas don't get reception over the air, or only can see a channel or two clearly.
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The USA is quite large and many areas don't get reception over the air, or only can see a channel or two clearly.

Dude that's crap! frown.gif

You have decent TV coverage even in the most remote and forsaken village in Europe.
   
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post #63 of 103
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Dude that's crap! frown.gif
You have decent TV coverage even in the most remote and forsaken village in Europe.

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_television_transition_in_the_United_States

Many peoples weren't too happy about this, considering the benefits have yet to be realized. But yes Crazy9000 is right. Where there is not a large base of consumers there isn't much incentive for businesses to improve reception.
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I only use my cable TV for 1 channel, Disney, for kids. Otherwise I wouldn't have cable at all but I don't use a box.
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Wait, do you Americans have no terrestrial TV with good content?

There really isn't any "good content" on TV regardless of how it's delivered. wink.gif
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There really isn't any "good content" on TV regardless of how it's delivered. wink.gif

Still gotta make the case for PBS. If nothing else it's neutrally informative and there's no commercials. Of course this time of year is fundraising time puke.gif
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Still gotta make the case for PBS. If nothing else it's neutrally informative and there's no commercials. Of course this time of year is fundraising time puke.gif

Huh? We got commercials here. At least on corporate sponsored shows like "Nature" and "Nova".

As far as "neutrally informative", I take it you AREN'T talking about the incredibly biased "News Hour" or "Frontline".
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 12/11/12 at 7:40am
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The biggest problem with our TV programming in the states is the fact that a one hour show is made up of 20 minutes of commercials. So we pay a company to show us commercials.

Cable company's took the free TV model and applied it to a pay model while at the same time never eliminating any of the advertising.
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The biggest problem with our TV programming in the states is the fact that a one hour show is made up of 20 minutes of commercials. So we pay a company to show us commercials.

See, that is the biggest misconception of cable or satellite TV there is.

You aren't paying to have "no commercials", you are paying them (ie the cable and satellite companies) to deliver you a QUALITY SIGNAL, that has more choices than is possible with an over the air receiver.

The notion that you are paying for no commercials is just plain false.
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Figures... as soon as I get dual QAM tuners working perfect in Windows 8.

I'll buy a ceton card and a cable card before I get a box from com(unist)cast.

Also, this isn't an analog to digital conversion to make more room for channels... This is simply encrypting all the channels so that they can force people to buy a stupid set top box for each television and get their money for each television.

I record about 10 hours of TV a week... download the other shows that I watch, but don't have subscriptions for. Worst case scenario, download it all. OTA Antenna not an option where I live, too many hills in the way.
    
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