Making the “switch”

tv-and-rabbit-earsRaise your hand if you’re sick to DEATH of hearing about making the switch to digital tv??  I can see all your hands going up.  Just how long have we been hearing about it?  A year??  Well, I’m so glad to know that now we can all hear about it now until June.  We can still enjoy all the commercials and we can still listen to it on every single news broadcast we watch.  I was going to really miss hearing about it.  Weren’t you?  It’s like all the political commercials.  Man, how I love those and miss them when they’re gone!

I just have one thing (well, maybe two!) to say.  If people “weren’t” ready on Feb 17, they won’t be ready in June.  We all know those people who don’t prepare for things.  We all know those who wait till the last minute for everything so why would they do this on time?  

How many people do you know that wait till the last minute for everything and barely get anything done on time?  Whether it’s getting their taxes done or paying bills, there will always be those kinds of people no matter what we do or how long we prolong things.  There will ALWAYS be those people who aren’t ready.

I’m also so happy to know, with all the problems that we have in the world today, that our government is taking care of digital tv and are taking WASTING the time to take care of this in Washington. Now I can sleep better at night.

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24 Responses to Making the “switch”

  1. SanityFound says:

    OMG digital TV??? I am so going to have to youtube those commercials, I feel like I have missed out on something huge, I mean it can help with the recession, world hunger, war, flying bullets, education, the works… WOW

    Please tell me you are kidding right? Somehow I knows you aren’t which scares the hell out of me… jeepers *sigh*

  2. Digital TV? What does that even mean? I’m definitely going to have to do some research on this as well because I have no idea what digital tv is supposed to be. Whatever it is, though, it’s really reassuring to know that time and money is being spent to encourage people to pay more attention to their televisions. NOT.

  3. K. Trainor says:

    I’m tired of the commercials as well. We’ve been using satellite for some time as we only got a station and a half using the antenna anyway. You’re right. They can back up the ‘deadline’ as long as they like; there are those who still won’t be ready. *shrug*

  4. nikki says:

    This is just a back handed way to get more of our money! First, the actual cost to the consumer for the new DTV products. And second, the cost to the environment as thousands of perfectly usable televisions are rendered useless and placed in trash heaps. Well isn’t that just the smartest thing I’ve ever heard of! I also agree that if they aren’t ready now they won’t be then!

  5. kweenmama says:

    I’m with everyone else…if people have procrastinated getting the converter boxes until now, they will continue to procrastinate. Make the switch and be done with it!

  6. Sue says:

    I am also tired of all the “hype”. If they aren’t ready now, they won’t be then and those little converter boxes aren’t working properly for some people now. Why not put our money toward something that is actually worth while??!!

  7. Doraz says:

    Well, I decided a satellite dish is the way to go. In the long run, the money spent will be worth it. I can also use it at my house in the mountains, so I do not feel bad about the cost! That is just my solution to this whole mess! You are right Joy, enough already!*(*

  8. Joy says:

    We also have a satellite dish so this doesn’t affect us either but good heaven’s, I’m getting so sick of hearing about it. They even have call in phone lines set up at the tv stations for people who have questions. Who can have that many questions?? Get the converter and get over it. They scared the crap out of the elderly people. One of my mom’s friends was so confused by all this crap on the news, got all ready and now it’s put on hold till June. I have one question, why is the government involved in this in the first place?? It’s tv for heaven’s sake!!! A year, a year we’ve been hearing about this. A YEAR!!! Who could possible NOT have heard about this and who could NOT be ready. I guess if they aren’t ready, no tv for them!!

  9. Just a Mom says:

    Joy ~ This is how they fill the time in Washington when they are not up there sticking their noses in Pro Sports!

    Let’s see they are supposed to be switching to digital tv so it will free up frequencies for public safety communications, right? I guess public safety communications is not that important since they can be put it on hold!

  10. Gary says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I was tired of these commercials last summer. They have been playing the commercials for a year or longer. How much time do people need to prepare for something like this? It’s really not a big deal. Get the box like the commercials tell you and everything will be fine. I about fell out of my chair when they announced they were postponing the switch until June because too many people were not ready? NOT READY? PEOPLE, COME ON!

    I say if there were people still not ready for the switch after a year or longer of CONSTANT warnings and DIRECTIONS then tough $hit for them! GET THE FREAKIN CONVERTER BOX ALREADY PEOPLE!!!

  11. nikki says:

    Ahhh I didn’t even really address the real question here! The commercials….I don’t see them because it’s not very often I watch any live TV. If the TV is on during the day it is usually on a cartoon channel or the discovery channel for the little ones. When I do watch TV it is 90% of the time DVR’d…FF is a great invention!

  12. SKL says:

    OK, the real reason why the democrats (those in charge) are so concerned is that the TV is most people’s main source of liberal BS “news.” How will everyone keep up with the spin that is CNN? How will people keep being reminded of Obama’s face, his bod, and “how” he says everything – Heaven forbid people start paying attention to “what” he says instead. Why, they might even switch to talk radio, which we all know is under attack for being too conservative. What if they start looking at the financial pages of the newspaper – they will notice how the Dow has, mostly after BO’s election and largely since the inauguration, dipped to HALF of what it was after 7 years of “Bush’s irresponsibility etc. etc.” (how come you NEVER hear that on mainstream TV?)! No, we must preserve CNN, at all costs!

    Yeah, why else should the government care about how easy it is for couch potatoes to watch TV? How is that helping any aspect of our beleaguered economy? Our public health? The competitiveness of our education system? The unrest that stems from the unrealistic, materialistic sense of “how the other half lives” presented by TV to the so-called “have-nots”?

    I heard about the DTV switch years ago. I don’t even know how many years ago, it’s been that long. And I hardly even watch TV.

  13. niclake13 says:

    If you have Cable TV, your switch to DTV is taken care of.

    I worked at our local utility plant (we also provide cable and internet) for about 7 months last year. This was right about the time that the announcements about the switch came out. No lie… I’d get about 10 calls a day asking “What must I do?!?!?”. Very frustrating.

    The original commercials were meant to just scare the crap out of people, and (at least in my area) they succeeded very well in doing that.

    A funny side though… our local NBC affiliate decided to flip the government the bird and make the switch in Feb. anyway. So far, no problems whatsoever (and a better picture, by a little bit).


  14. Laura (LS) says:

    Ok, here’s the other side of it. (brace yourselves, rant ahead)…

    I got my boxes back in November. We’re not a huge TV watching family, but we enjoy it well enough. We are plenty satisfied with network/analog, thankyouverymuch, and don’t much care that cable isn’t available in our neck of the woods. If we want “cable”, we’d have to get a dish, and that’s just not practical, considering how little we really do watch.

    I’m happy if I get to watch Numb3ers (pause for obligatory sigh over Dylan Bruno), and Red Green reruns each week.


    Last October or November, I got my two Miracle Boxes, hooked them all up, and figured, “ok, good to go.” We were happily surprised to discover a couple of stations we hadn’t gotten before: RTN (Retro TV, including the A-Team and Magnum P.I…. such fun!), and Qubo (all *nice* cartoons, all the time). I figured I was golden, and was being all smug, with the same attitude of everyone else… “just get it DONE already! I’m SICK of hearing about it.”

    And then, last Tuesday, our local NBC Affiliate turned off Analog.

    Now I do not get NBC AT ALL.

    I got it before the switch, both through my Miracle Box, and on analog. Now? Nothing!!! So I e-mail the station. Apparently, I’m not the only one with this problem. I got an email yesterday, outlining the things that I should do:

    1. Make sure there are no obstacles between my antenna and the tower. Well. Hmmm. Do two walls of my house count? Because the tower is a mile from my house, as the crow flies – I can see it from my living room, way up here on this hill. The only obstacle between my little rabbit-ears and the tower is my actual house.

    2. Place the rabbit ears OUTSIDE the window. Um. How???? This is NOT an inside antenna. It’s a top-of-the-tv unit. What, you want me to duct-tape it to the front of my house???

    They offered a couple of other suggestions as well. What all this crap boils down to is this: apparently, the signal is TOO STRONG, and my little (formerly useful) antenna can’t handle it. So I’m probably going to have to go out and drop another $35, minimum, PER UNIT (that would be 2, in my house, possibly 3, if I do the guest room), on new antennas. AND I don’t know WHICH new antenna is going to work. Those new, snazzy, HD antennas? Don’t work with digital. Any ol’ rabbit-ear antenna won’t do, either. SOME people have had luck with Brand 1. Others have had luck with Brand 2. NOBODY has had full luck with BOTH BRANDS.

    On TOP of all this…. this is only one station that has made the switch, in the teeny-tiny market of Cedar Rapids/Waterloo.

    CBS (where my beloved Numb3ers resides), ABC, and PBS (Red Green) are scheduled to follow in the coming weeks. And guess what. According to the folks at our local NBC affiliate? We can expect the same problems again, with those channels.

    And nobody *really* knows how to fix it. The “professionals” at the TV stations are completely perplexed.

    One suggestion has been made by lots of people… why not just switch the Analog back on, until we can figure out what’s wrong? Well, sorry folks, can’t do that. Because the Feds have already SOLD those frequencies to somebody else. Who? No idea. But they’re gone.

    So, now I’m sitting here on top of my little hill, looking at that stupid antenna shooting a mile into the air, and cursing it’s power.

    You just wait. The next bailout will be to purchase specialized antennas for all of us who don’t get the channels that we had last week.

    So, thanks, in advance.

  15. nikki says:

    OMFG!! Laura you watch the RED GREEN SHOW!!!!???? Jason LOVES that show, i find it to be a little, okay a lot weird but it’s kinda like a bad accident, you don’t want to watch but you can’t help it!! Okay I just had to say that..I’ll go finish reading your comment now!

  16. nikki says:

    Oh Laura I’m sorry but your rant made me laugh. I know you are frustrated but you put it so great! I bet Red Green could help you duct tape that antenna to somewhere outside!!

    “You just wait. The next bailout will be to purchase specialized antennas for all of us who don’t get the channels that we had last week.” You crack me up girl!

  17. Tessa says:

    Nikki, we love the RED GREEN SHOW too. First time I saw it was at Darryls and I laughed so hard! My mom likes it too. I needed a laugh too, cuz that night Eric scared me to death because he feel asleep at a friends and never picked me up from work!! At 3am I had to find a ride home!

    I do not watch commercials or much TV either. Ellen, Oprah, and the Bachelor. That is it!

  18. Tessa says:

    Joy, great post, I agree with every word. Our government’s main concern has always been power & money, so I am not surprised.

  19. Laura (LS) says:

    New antennas…. and a roll of the Handyman’s Secret Weapon, so we can mount them on the sides of our houses!!! I can get on TWO SHOWS at once…. ’cause if you have an indoor antenna duct-taped to the outside of your house? You might be a REDNECK!!!

    …stupid government programs…

  20. javajunkee says:

    let me just say this…tv, cable, dish…SUCKS!

    this is coming from somebody who bought the damn digital converter box…with the promise that even with a good pair of rabbit ears we would get more channels…oh yes we do we get extra channels of snow WTF?

    I don’t care though cuz most of what I want to watch on tv I can get on the internet. But what government conspiricy is this digital thing covering up???

  21. megan says:

    This is why I don’t watch TV anymore. It is supposed to be the least mentally exerting activity on the planet, next to sleeping. The whole digital thing is complicating things too much. I don’t want to have to actually think about watching TV, much less worrying about whether or not I’ll be able to.

  22. Amy Hunter says:

    I really hope the government wasn’t counting people like me in their statistics saying a large proportion of folks weren’t ready. I was intentionally planning to be without tv when the switchover occurred. I simply don’t watch much tv and didn’t care if I lost access for a while. I figured in the spring, I’d get around to buying a small digital set to use once tornado season is upon us, but I sure wasn’t in a hurry.

    I did end up getting a flat panel for Christmas, because the one I wanted was on sale for a good price, and my parents sent me some money for Christmas that contributed to the purchase. If that hadn’t happened though, I honstly didn’t care about the switchover. I use my tv mainly for watching DVDs.

    In fact, I watch so little tv that I have no idea what commercials you’re all referring to!

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