Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 5, 2008

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Flint Journal:

Donald Barrow never considered how soon he'd have to move into the digital age when he purchased his new television two years ago. "I didn't even think about it," Barrow said of the 2009 deadline for television stations and their millions of viewers to sign off analog and switch to digital TV. "I was more concerned that they don't carry enough of the Detroit channels in this market. I'll probably wind up just going out and buying a new TV." That's the most obvious way to handle the change but there are other solutions, such as purchasing a converter box, or subscribing to a cable, satellite, or telephone television service. Those were some of the tips offered to Barrow and his fellow Rotarians on Friday during the organization's monthly luncheon at the Sarvis Center. As part of a national consumer education campaign launched by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representatives from three local television stations, Channel 25 (WEYI), Channel 12 (WJRT), and Channel 5 (WNEM) were there to help ease members through the conversion... TV stations offer help with switch to digital (Sat, 1/5)

Saginaw News:

Prepare for digital disorder. About a year from now, the nation's televisions will move to digital broadcasts from analog signals.You've heard this all before, along with the accompanying confusing talk that seeks to explain exactly how the changeover will work. Saginaw Township resident Tom Banda doesn't profess to know all of the ins and outs of the pending digital age, but says he's sure of one aspect. "The picture sure looks sharper," said Banda, 40, a food services employee at the Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw, who browsed various models at the Wal-Mart store in Saginaw Township recently. The good news is your analog television will not self-destruct on Feb. 17, 2009 like the opening scene from "Mission Impossible." That's the day the switch becomes official. Whether the transition goes off without a hitch, however, is another story... Digital television: making the switch (Sat, 1/5)



I think it is important to know that you can still use rabbit ears, but they will have to go through a converter box before hooking up to your set. Also, you may need to add some extra lead in cable between the rabbit ears and the converter box so you can align them more accuartely and away from the set. Signals from the set can interfere with the digital signal. You probably won't be able to see the Detroit stations off air without a very good outdoor antenna. This is because they are all on UHF Channels 14-50 except for WJBK, which will really occupy what is now Channel 7 instead of Channel 2. If you got a fuzzy picture before on 20, 50, 56, and 62 off air, you may not get them at all or pixelated or intermittently. There are some areas that already get good signals off air from Detroit on UHF. One area that comes to mind is the Genesee Twp. area. They may get better reception off air from Detroit.






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