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I have to disagree with the part of the article that talks about the FCC making a mint on using the freed up signals, those signals are getting reassigned to the increasing needs of the military and fire/rescue/safety services that are long overdue for expansion of their bandwidth and broadcast frequencies.

Sure, I'm not worried about this change at all, I've got all the HD goodies, I've got cable, I'm not going to notice anything different except that all of my channels will now be HD instead of getting the occasional crappy one.
    
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Originally Posted by RPIJG View Post
I have to disagree with the part of the article that talks about the FCC making a mint on using the freed up signals, those signals are getting reassigned to the increasing needs of the military and fire/rescue/safety services that are long overdue for expansion of their bandwidth and broadcast frequencies.

Sure, I'm not worried about this change at all, I've got all the HD goodies, I've got cable, I'm not going to notice anything different except that all of my channels will now be HD instead of getting the occasional crappy one.
Nope my friend...HD and DIGITAL are different(AS IN PROGRAMMING PACKAGE YOU RECEIVE) things. You will still have to pay a premium for the HD channels.

*edit*
Here you go

I know, kind of a catch 22 but they are still different(as in the package you paid for), and you will still receive the same channels with the same quality unless you upgrade.
Edited by ryanrenolds08 - 12/26/08 at 7:09pm
    
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actually, there is no mandate for HD. It's only a move from analog to digital. and i'm sorry to say, you're cable is not even under the FCC's mandate. It's only for OTA TV (you know, the rabbit ears) and really if the cable company wanted to, the could just make everything analog to piss people off and the FCC can't do anything about it.


The digital transition has nothing to do with HD or cable/satellite. It has everything to do with OTA broadcast and changing from the "snowy you can partially get it and be fine" to the "you either get it or you don't no inbetween snowy type" picture.
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If you have an antenna or Dial-up still you might as well live on a desert island.
I stil have an antenna. My family doesn't have time to watch tv, so we don't want to waste the money on the cable.
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Geez people, you can get non HD satellite for what, 30 bucks a month??
20 if you go for the lowest-end packages on a single receiver; add the obligatory 5 dollars for each one after the first, and another fiver for DVR service if you want that, which I do recommend for DirecTV as their DVR units are crazy-scalable via firmware upgrades. Even those come with locals in digital (high-def if you want, actually, in DirecTV's case). Seriously, satellite TV in the US is cheap and comes with a large number of channels even at the low end.
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I have to disagree with the part of the article that talks about the FCC making a mint on using the freed up signals, those signals are getting reassigned to the increasing needs of the military and fire/rescue/safety services that are long overdue for expansion of their bandwidth and broadcast frequencies.

Only a small portion of this spectrum was reserved for first responders/military. The majority of it was auctioned off to the highest bidder. It's true that the FCC didn't make as much as some people think, but only because the clauses they put on certain ranges kept people from bidding on them. This was a money grab. It wasn't the only reason, but it was one of the big reasons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/700_MHz...ectrum_auction
 
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Digital is still >> Analog regardless if it's HD or not.

Call it what you want, I think it's a move for the better, I'm sure people *****ed whenever there is a substantial shift in mandate technology.
    
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Old people and even some younger people don't go for a "just another 30 or 40$ a month". Going from getting a service for free for 20, 30, 40, 50 years to any extra amount of money makes people unhappy, I can tell you this with confidence because I work at CC. and deal with this almost everyday.

I'm also pretty sure the FCC made a lot from verizon as well as a few otehr telecom companies during the sale of what 'freed up'. Some may have went to the government but telecom companies bought a lot of it.
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There are instructions on-line on how to create your own parabolic antenna of the right curvature to pick up distant stations, or you can buy one.

I don't think the companies have any obligation (nor should they) to make sure you get your free tv, although it behooves them to do so. They have to right to do their cost-benefit analysis and make the decision that fits their situation best.
If a company gets the VERY lucrative rights to use PUBLIC airwaves, they should be obligated.
    
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Um, if people can afford the phone line, they surely can afford digital television. Come on, its called proper money management....
That's a poor assumption and a gross generalization. Kids tend to forget that stuff DOES go wrong in life.

50% of all people in the US who file for bankruptcy do so because of MEDICAL debt. 10% of $100k after medical coverage is still $10k someone might not be budgeting for.

Prime example, me and my ex got into a car accident. An ambulance, 2 cat scans, stitches for me and 6 total hours ended up being something like $20k.
    
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