Well the americanas is a bit slow with new technology. I have been using the digital network, in like 5 years already. The analog net has been dead for 3 years somethong something.
Fury January 22nd, 2009 at 9:25 pm
The Digital Box’s are only required for customers on Antenna’s.
Those on cable/Satalite already are digital customers in most cases.
Only people who need the boxes are those who refuse/can’t get cable/satalite.
blurredexistence January 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 pm
We’ve had Digital for about 10 years or so now. No big woop really but our Government’s been sayin’ that the whole country will be switching over to just a digital service for the past 5. I reckon they keep on looking at how much it’ll cost them to do it and keep putting it off. Analog will probably be around for a least a few years more i reckon.
You guys have to pay every month for a digital box? In the USA it’s just a one time purchase. And you only need that if you want over-the-air digital, if you have a cable or satellite subscription then you don’t need the box.
Sorry for the conspiracy theory, but I think they’re all doing it to better monitor/control broadcasts. Subliminal messaging has been outlawed forever, but who says its not still used? The people who made the Silent Hill movie used soundwaves to affect mood… the possibilities are limitless. Anyway, I use cable and so haven’t looked into the digital converter thingy.
Gorp January 23rd, 2009 at 10:15 am
The UK starts switching over this year, and guess what areas get the analogue signal switched off first? Yep, the areas with the smallest digital coverage. The likes of London, with it’s 100% digital coverage, doesn’t get switched off for 3 years or something. It’s a complete farce. Lucky you can get all your TV off the internet these days…..
EqUaTe January 23rd, 2009 at 10:51 am
Gorp: that’s because they can increase the strength and bandwidth of the digital signals once analog is off.. Mostly the strength, thus increasing the digital coverage.
Oh, and london doesn’t have 100% digital coverage.. I still can’t get anything on the Five mux.. Not that I’m missing much :P Can’t remember the last time they aired anything even vaguely worth watching..
Varya January 23rd, 2009 at 11:30 am
Wait, you dont have to pay monthly for a box… only if you want more than the basic chanels, and we have TVs with digital tuners here to.
We have both at my house. (and yes, I’m swedish)
ar January 23rd, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Not only don’t you have to pay but you are also getting more channels for free now then you did with analog tv. If the channels are anything to have is another question.
fabarati January 23rd, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Still on analogue here. It’s a lot more expensive to have digital tv if you have 2 (or more) tv’s than analogue, for us. Even if you get more channels. That’s why it’s nice to live in a Comhem building; even if sweden is digital these days, comhem still provide analogue for their customers.
nothx January 23rd, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Amerika: The land where opportunities are made for you and you shall take them and like it! >:|
Tak January 25th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
In NL digiTV is getting nowhere, more and more people don’t watch at all anymore. Thirty channels of shit on the tv to choose from… Great cure for insomnia tho.
Samuel January 26th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
US hasn’t changed yet?
Omg. I knew Europe was way ahead but not that it was by this much.
Probably Bush’s fault.
Mike January 26th, 2009 at 7:01 pm
I work in United States Broadcast. US began changing years ago, ninetysome percent of stations have been airing digital since about 2002, the end of the change is February 2009. Remember, we have a lot more land to cover, and a lot more stations to change than any individual European country does.
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