U.S. Digital Television Transition Issues: Both Good and Bad

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Before going into any technical discussion, I need to express my opinion on the television ads that were produced by national organizations to help explain and promote the change. They are terrible! Your opinion may be different, but many of my acquaintances have said these ads only added to the confusion. They obviously were done by some big-time ad agency that didn’t really understand the technical explanations of DTV, or maybe tried to be too slick and avoided a simple, clear explanation. On the plus side, they have been run regularly, so the general public is at least aware of the situation and needs to find out more. Kudos go to PBS, who used their “Ask This Old House” experts to provide the best short explanation I’ve seen. Some local stations did a good job with their own presentations, too. Now, on to the actual transition. I’ve had a digital TV for two years and appreciate the improved picture quality. Although I use rabbit ears, there is a clear line-of-sight path from the towers that all local broadcasters use. I get a fine signal on all local broadcast channels. Like me, the vast majority of people with good analog TV reception will also get good DTV reception, but a significant number will be disappointed until they solve some problems with their installations.