[Grovenet] digital TV question

Jamsm at aol.com Jamsm at aol.com
Wed Nov 11 09:42:50 PST 2009

You have the ability to record on your VHS, just feed the signal from the  
converter box to the old VHS recorder.. You will not be able to watch one  
channel and record a second unless you buy additional converter boxes.   
[Read your manual how to set the clock on the device - it is easy to do - then  
you won't have flashing '-- -- --']
Improved picture quality comes with newer TVs;  your old  4:3  analog TV 
will still have the old picture quality!
Converter (turned on and set to channel you wish to record)  (output  )>>>> 
(input) VHS(set to channel that converter box outputs, likely  3 or 4)  
(output) >>>(input) TV (if recording when you are away,  TV can be off; to 
view, set TV to channel 3 or 4 as you normally would with  VHS player)
In a message dated 11/11/2009 12:27:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
allnutt at verizon.net writes:

The real  question we should be asking is not whether we are liking  
the new  system for TV viewing because that was not the target of the  
change.  The target was to get better communications for first  
responders and  to give more band width to other users (especially  
military if I  remember correctly).  And to do this hopefully without  
screwing  up TV viewing too completely.
The only way we will truly know whether the  whole scheme worked is to  
wait until the next emergency happens, see  if the appropriate folks  
were able to upgrade their equipment in  time, and determine if the  
response was likely better than it would  have been if we hadn't all  
made the digital switch. (Impossible to  measure of course but  
endlessly fascinating to argue.)

And of  course there are the new options for other digital  
communications  that went with it. Weren't there supposed to be more  
commercial uses  like expanded cell phone coverage and more ways to  
use your cell  phones to transmit data. I've seen tons of ads for  
every app on  every phone out there so maybe the money making aspect  
of going  digital has been a success too.

As a low end user I've had other issues  that bug me too. I know this  
is petty and I could of course get a  different clock, but we no  
longer route the TV signal through the  VHS player because you can't  
record digital on VHS. But our player  had the ability to figure out  
what time it was from the signal. So  now the VHS clock reads  
"------". And there is no other clock in the  room. (I also read in  
that room since it has the most comfy chairs  and that is when the  
clock would be handy because a lot of time can  fly by when you are  
reading a good book.)  Just one of those  little irritants that make  
me try to be thankful that we were doing  something for the greater  
good and hoping that it does turn out that  way in the long run.

I think they did a pretty good sales job in  telling us our picture  
would be better and we would have more  channels but they also did a  
good job in down playing the part that  we might not be able to get  
the signal at all. I think that the  missing signals are a bigger  
problem that they expected them to  be.  To fix it will take some  
heavy lobbying and we don't have  effective lobbyists for ordinary  
consumers.  Call the channels  you like but don't get any longer. See  
if they can use their power  to lobby for sending out a stronger  
signal.  They will of  course ask you to call your representative,  
which is easy to do, but  they will have to hear that people do want  
their channel to make it  worth their while to complain as  well.



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