Maybe The DTV Transition Delay Wasn't Such A Bad Idea

from the kill-your-television dept

While most reports say that those TV stations switching their broadcasts to digital aren't seeing many problems, there are some significant exceptions. Like, for instance, a 70-year-old guy in Missouri who shot up his TV (via Engadget) after he couldn't get his converter box to work. Apparently, he'd been drinking, too. Perhaps we need to revisit the transition delay legislation, and ban booze until June 12, too?


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 7:08pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ... please ... let me keep my booze

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 7:38pm

    I wonder what tv show he was missing.
    NASCAR ? or maybe it was Hee Haw.

     

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    Simon, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 8:07pm

    Copywrite ???!!

    (Copywrite 2009 NBC. All rights reserved.)

     

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    bob, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 8:11pm

    LOL

    LOL

     

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    Michael, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 10:37pm

    Drugs or Weapons, pick one.

    Clearly he should not have weapons and drugs at the same time. He should pick one, and lock the other away. Behind a puzzle lock for the guns, and the drugs behind a lock that requires some key component of the guns.

     

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    jeff, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 4:39am

    ass

    what an asshole. he should have shot himself. I hate people that get technology.

     

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    Azrael, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 5:51am

    I think it would be better to outlaw the rednecks. Unfortunately it will never happen, you can't outlaw 90% of the population of a country.

     

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    Gen. Lee, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 6:21am

    Re:

    Gawd what a snot you are. When you're effin' hybrid-green-no-polluting-piece-of-sh*t-Jap-made car breaks down, who the f*ck do you think will fix your POS? Ward Churchill? Paul Krugman? Barack Obama?

    Long live rednecks!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 7:18am

    90% ?
    I doubt it.
    It may seem that way, because they tend to be loud and obnoxious.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 9:08am

    "Gawd what a snot you are. When you're effin' hybrid-green-no-polluting-piece-of-sh*t-Jap-made car breaks down"

    Obviously a redneck statement. When was the last time a jap car broke down?

    Ohh, you must be referring to the jap cars the build right here in the South.

    I gotcha now. Sorry

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 9:51am

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this was probably not the first time the cops were out to this guys house. So if it wasn't the DTV switch, it would have been something else. The thing is he had a converter box, he was either too drunk or retarded to figure it out....snd its not rocket science.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 11:24am

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    Nope... it was Sopranos.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), Feb 21st, 2009 @ 1:05pm

    Wrong Victim

    Why didn't he shoot the converter box? The real cause of his problems. Oh yeah, drunk.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 3:19pm

    Should have smoked ganja instead, don't need a converter box - just get high and watch the static. I like to estimate whether the black or white dots are winning

     

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    Frogpond, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 4:44pm

    DTV Better Pic-same old s**t

    We are lucky that he did not get it to work. If he had, he might have been so disappointed he would have shot up the whole town.

     

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    Joe K (profile), Feb 21st, 2009 @ 4:57pm

    Why is the transition to DTV planned all at once???

    It would a lot more sense to turn off analog transmission in steps in stead of all at once. Some people in the country can get a fuzzy but usable signal, but will not be able to tune in digital.

    They should at least leave one analog channel running for a while for emergency/weather broadcasts for all of those portable emergency TV+radios. My guess is that they are in a hurry to make money from selling all of the new bandwidth.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2009 @ 7:49pm

    Re: Why is the transition to DTV planned all at once???

    The bandwidth was already sold; companies who bought/invested in it are the losers here because services are not being rolled out which they intend to recover spectrum costs with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2009 @ 12:51pm

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    so who fuck died and made you queen ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2009 @ 5:43pm

    TV IS NOT A F***ING RIGHT!

    I'm tired of reading these articles about people that aren't ready for the digital switch ... Who gives a flying f***!? if they aren't ready, they lose out! Since when is TV a right in this country!? Get off your asses and get an effing box or pay for cable! douchebags!

     

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    Imee, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 3:07am

    I heard of that guy who shot his TV. Perhaps he was trying to imitate Elvis? Then again, the man was drunk. Haha.

     

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    DS, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 5:30am

    The problem was is that the guy ended up buying a Sony Stupid Piece of Shit Box.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 7:42am

    Re: TV IS NOT A F***ING RIGHT!

    Good call. Quit moaning America.

    In the UK, we have to pay a license fee to have a TV as it is supposedly a public service. How much of that is being given back to folks to buy digital equipment? Yup, none.

     

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    kirillian (profile), Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 8:40am

    Tech Support

    I'm just seeing the tech support call right now.

    Tech Support: "Hello, how can I help you today?"
    Guy: "What the F*** @#!$!@#$%%^$%^ is up with my @#$@#!$ tv?!?!?"
    Tech Support: "What seems to be the trouble..."
    Guy: "It doesn't work."
    ...
    Tech Support: "You shot a HOLE in your TV?!?!? I'm sorry sir, but we can't support damaged equipment. You're gonna need to buy a new one."
    - 'Click'

     

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    CW, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 10:39am

    Better reporting, please.

    You would think a tech website would put forth at least a smidgen of effort to figure out what's wrong with this statement in the linked article:

    "The 70 year old homeowner was angry that he had lost his cable, and was unable to get his new DTV converter to work properly."

    As it turns out, the dude's cable just got shut off.

    Original story: http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/local_story_049234843.html

     

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    Another AC, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 12:18pm

    Re: Better reporting, please.

    Umm yeah, maybe you should read a little closer? His cable got shut off so he had a DTV coverter which wouldn't work. This was reported just fine.

     

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    anita tyndall, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 2:13pm

    dtv conversion

    I hate it. My favorie thing to watch on digital TV seems to be SCAN. I get some channels at night, lose them during the day; and have to rescan at night.

    Also, have to constantly play with the antenna. It's in a good spot then 30-hr later, I lose the signal. When I check signal strength it is between 78-85%, but the channels are constantly going in and out...sounds like I'm watching a DJ making a record skip.

    If I knew all this, I would have saved the money I spent on convertor boxes and antennas and bought a digital ready TV.

     

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    I hate it..., Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 2:15pm

    dtv conversion

    I hate it. My favorie thing to watch on digital TV seems to be SCAN. I get some channels at night, lose them during the day; and have to rescan at night.

    Also, have to constantly play with the antenna. It's in a good spot then 30-hr later, I lose the signal. When I check signal strength it is between 78-85%, but the channels are constantly going in and out...sounds like I'm watching a DJ making a record skip.

    If I knew all this, I would have saved the money I spent on convertor boxes and antennas and bought a digital ready TV.

     

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