Thursday, January 29, 2009

Going extinct


So the big SWITCHOVER from analog to digital is coming right up. Is anybody else worried that their television reception is going to take a hit? Don't get me wrong, digital is MUCH clearer than the nondigital, and usually I highly prefer watching in digital. But it's also much harder to get it to stay. Here's the thing. After the television that my sister Erin gave to us instead of the DI (for which we are grateful, and which was made by a company that quit making TVs in 1983) finally gave up the ghost, we purchased a brand new television that has the digital option. So we're good, right? According to all the question/answer websites, we are! But what about the fact that the digital side of things only comes in half the time? Even when we balance the antenna just right and get it to come in clearly, if somebody walks through the room it blanks out. Or even if somebody just moves from one place on the couch to another, it freezes. Or if the microwave is going or a cell phone rings, it gets shuddery. Even Miriam recognizes when it gets jagged and she puts her arms out and says, "what's up?!?" That's my question too! Anyway, once they cancel the analog, is the digital reception going to be easier to get? Or are we going to be forced to decide between downright nondependable reception or actually paying for cable? Does anybody else have issues with their digital reception? Has anybody else solved their issues with their digital reception? Help! Time is running out!

And just because I like it...

2 comments:

Brian and Claudia said...

We are anti-cable, too, as you know. But we just put our antenna on top of a high shelf and it works much, much better. We're kind of shocked at how much it improved and can't believe we didn't do it earlier.

I'm also hoping that they increase the strength of the digital signals at some point, too. Probably wishful thinking and has more to do with your distance from the transmitter....

Paige said...

We've been talking about getting a taller and more visually attractive entertainment center. If it really helps to have the antenna higher, that might push us over the edge to make the investment. Thanks for the input. I remember Brian having to put his right foot in a certain place at your house, so if it's working better for you, then it probably will for us too. THANKS!