Of course there is a lot of grumbling going along with the DTV switchover, but for those affected you really will get a better picture when it's all said and done. Assuming you have the right antenna setup, you'll receive the full bandwidth of our broadcast signal...about 20 Mbps, instead of whatever you receive now. If you do have cable or satellite, the image you receive is compressed, meaning you may only get 6 mbps, a dramatic difference.
We received this email today from Joseph, who has already noticed the difference:
No questions; a comment. I'm on a VA Disability Pension & a fixed income. I had (note the word had) the most basic package from Charter. It only included local St. Louis stations, government access & the shopping channels. (Puke) It was about $13.50 a month.
After applying on-line for my DTV converter boxes, I tried one at first. On the same indoor antenna that got little or no reception on analog, I now have a picture that's better than cable. And it's FREE! I went back to Radio Shack, bought the second converter box, and cancelled the cable! Tell your viewers this...an indoor antenna around the city does work, and works quite well.
Now on to the next QUESTION OF THE DAY:
I have a few questions regarding DTV, but first, a few background facts. I purchased an HDTV in February after my trusty old Magnavox died. (I had applied for the converter box coupon in January. I still have them.) When I purchased the HDTV I also bought an indoor amplified multi-directional antenna since I do not subscribe to cable or satellite.
Why does the picture freeze all the time when I am viewing the digital stations? I am lucky if I get 3-5 minutes of unfrozen viewing during a 30 minute sitcom. I am approximately 8 miles north of the airport.
The picture freeze is a common problem related to DTV reception, which means your antenna needs to be adjusted. That means either in the attic, or on the roof. UHF signals are more commonly interrupted by hills and tall buildings than the VHF signals used for analog TV. The higher the antenna the better. Those "amplified multi-directional antennas" are great for VHF signals, but not always for UHF if you are some distance from the transmitter.
Hope that helps!