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digital tv - Who has it now?

Original post made by jean, Midtown, on Jul 15, 2008

I'm trying to find people who have already switched to digital TV on Comcast or AT&T cable TV. I want to know which provider you have and how satisfied you are.

Is AT&T digital cable still having the problem of it being difficult to find local PEG channels (public, education, government access)?
That was one complaint I read about a long time ago and wonder if this has changed since.

What about prices?

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I have a similar question---
Anybody do Digital TV off an antenna?

I live on a very limited income (and, yes, in Palo Alto) and use an antenna (“rabbit-ears”) and currently pickup 12 channels that I can comprehend (one does shift between multiple languages).
I am generally satisfied without resorting to the LOP (least objectionable program), but I will admit to time shifting (TV has a built-in VCR – it’s that old) the early news on weekends to get me past cartoons (well, except Tom & Jerry). Blowing $50 to get a DVD player and checking things out at the library helps as well. A couple of stations (over the air people know this) require some work readjusting the “ears”, but they are watch-able (but does KRON really count?).
Getting past the critique of the quality of broadcast TV, the bottom line question – is there anyone out there having reasonable success pulling DTV signals off the air, particularly with “rabbit-ears”? Are you using your TV or a converter? What seems to be working best? Will I have to blow 15% of my income to get minimal cable service to maintain a basic TV (and information service)?

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Posted by TJ
a resident of Triple El
on Jul 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

We use rabbit ears and get good reception on many channels. I believe channel 11 broadcasts in HDTV and we get it with little or no adjustment.

You'll have to buy and install a converter box before Feb. 17, 2009 when all channels will switch to HDTV. The rabbit ears should still work, but the definition and clarity of the signal may not be optimum.

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Posted by jean
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Isn't there anyone using this forum who has switched to digital Comcast or AT&T and can talk about their experience?

I'm currently using Comcast anaog cable. I might switch to Dish or Direct except that I want to get the local PEG channels. Comcast is tooo expensive.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Addison School
on Aug 25, 2008 at 9:07 pm

We have converted to digital television using the DTV converter boxes and an over the air antenna. We get about 17 television stations which means we get about 46 channels. With digital, stations typically have 2, 3, or more channels. The picture quality is excellent, even with an old analog TV. In addition I lead a once-a-month workshop at the Media Center in Palo Alto. We have handouts with useful informational web sites and block diagrams of how to hook up your TV with the DTV converter box and also how to hookup your DVD/VCR recorder (you need a converter box here too if you want to record off the air programs). We talk about DTV transition and why it's coming and how to survive. We also show how to hook up a TV with a DTV converter box and visually compare a program on an analog TV and then on an analog TV with a DTV converter box installed. If this sounds interesting and useful Call the Media Center at 650-494-8686 ext. 10 and make a reservation. Workshops are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6PM. Pass the word.

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Posted by Joe Willits
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Sorry, fired Comcast due to the amazing increase in the monthly fee. Started out at 12.23 per month in 1983 and it has jumped to +50.00. During all that time there was never any improvement in quality or signal. I have no idea what the price is now I canceled when I got a bill for 50.82.

No CON-Cast for me.

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Posted by Jillian
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

Gary, how much does your setup cost?

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