Conspiracy or Not?

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
February 10, 2009 6:32pm CST
Do you think the so called switch to HDTV is a real benefit to the public or is a sad attempt to get people to spend money on another television or buy those TV HDTV box converters? I think it is a conspiracy, but it's just my opinion. What do you say? We already got the government coupons and got the boxes, so if or should I say when they do make the switch, we should be fine. Have you gotten yours?
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Not conspiracy - just progress. Remember when they did the same thing to 8-track tapes for cassette tapes.... then cassette tapes to CD's? VHS to DVD's...DVD's to Blu-Ray?
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Yeah but it still wasn't fun having to be forced to changed. It's like monopolizing on the system.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
11 Feb 09
No one forced anyone to dump their 8-tracks. You don't have to switch to Blu-Ray if you don't want to. You didn't have to buy a car and put your horse out to pasture, and you can still churn your own butter and not buy it at a grocery. You can still sew all your own clothes and not step a foot into a clothing store for the rest of your life! And you can still send a hand written letter via United States Postal Service instead of sending it via that new-fangle Email computer thingy and you can still actually TALK on a telephone instead of typing a conversation out in shortened words onto a tiny keypad. You can still play a game on a board with pieces, markers, cards and other little objects and win victories in stead of holding some little contraption in your hand and press buttons with your thumbs and saying "I'm on level 31!" You can still bake your own pies and tell Sara Lee to you no longer want to business with her. You can still sit and read a book with paper pages to turn instead of an electronic hand held device that just has you scroll your finger down the illuminated page and touch the - to go to the next worded screen. And you can still put the phone to your ear to talk on the telephone instead of sticking a contraptiion into your ear and have it hanging out your ear by a cord. And you can still grill your own hamburgers at home and dethrone Mr. Burger King.....no one makes you do anything you don't want to do... they may offer you alot of choices, but you make your own decisions.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Yeah, but if I did keep my 8 track which I didn't do. It would cost me more time and money just finding someone smart enough or at least winning to fix it for me as my old 8 track player stopped working one day and just started eating up my 8 track tapes. Yes the decision and choice is ultimately up to me or whoever makes the choices. But what I'm referring to are the folks that are stubborn or just don't want to have to deal with the change. Prime example. During the month of January, our Pastor asked the church to fast and pray for 25 days, to not eat sugary products, no meats and no cheese. My family and I made the decision to honor his request. Do you know I've had an enormous amount of energy lately, and that I'm not sluggish any more? It is really amazing to see, me actually enjoy a meal without desiring or having to have meat every single time. Now that the fast is over, we as a family decided to continue eating in this way. We do eat meat occasionally now, I still eat cheese and have desserts, but it is no where near as much intake of that type of food as previously. I feel so much better. I was even able to give up coffee, which was such a pain in the butt for me as I would drink 2 to 5 cups per day.
@mimi602 (60)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Personally, I think it's a conspiracy. I heard that cable companies are preying on people and asking for more money from their subscribers who don't know that if you already have cable, you don't have to do anything or pay anything. I also heard that they are moving back the switch date from February to July. Don't know if it is true or not though.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
The switch date depends on your local stations. The government approved and extension until June because about 6 million people still aren't ready for it. However while the stations can now wait to June whereas before they were mandated to switch by Feb 17, they don't have to wait to switch. All of my local stations are making the switch Feb 17 except for the local public broadcasting station which is waiting until June.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
11 Feb 09
6 million people are a lot, within only a few months away? Seems like everyone won't be able to make the switch before the extended deadline. They were already having trouble giving away the government cards to get the discount on the HDTV boxes........
@anniepa (27242)
• United States
15 Feb 09
It's not actually HDTV it's digital TV. You'd need to get a new TV for HDTV if you didn't already have one but the digital TV will work with most sets as long as you have cable or satellite TV. If you don't, then you need to get the converter box. I've heard this is being done because of interference with all the cell phone towers that are being built. Annie
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Thanks for the correct political terminology. I wasn't expecting a response such as yours, and I do believe that the folks that already responded to this post, knew exactly what I meant by writing it the way that I did. Yes I do realize it is digital television, but I wrote the discussion about the switch to HDTV's verses keeping our already purchased (analog) television sets that we have. Thank you for your contribution though.
@AmbiePam (48681)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I don't know. That is a good question. I could believe either of those conclusions. I don't have to worry about it because I have cable, but I understand it must be an annoyance to those who do not. I hear that even though the change has been pushed back to June, several TV stations in my state are going ahead and implementing the change anyway. I didn't think they coud do that.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
13 Feb 09
It's a wonder if we are UNITED after all.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Just about anything that happens in the government and big business anymore is profit motivated in one way or the other. Some politicians probably agreed to get this thing through for a percentage of the profits back to them under the table. Our cable company has had this both for TV and computer for at least 10 years. I also believe a lot of this bail out money is finding it's way back into the pockets of some politicians. With the quality of our politicians anything is possible and probable. Art
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Thanks for the input.
• United States
11 Feb 09
If it were just to update the technology and improve the quality of the picture / sound of what we're getting the government wouldn't have mandated a switch. But what it does is frees up the frequencies for other uses, broadband wireless internet, cellular, and public safety which is in great and growing demand. It's not a conspiracy, it is a necessity. I remember years ago working as a police dispatcher I got a frantic "Shots fire, Officer down!" come across my radio channel. No unit designator, no location, just that frantic voice with those horrible words. It's something every dispatcher dreads. I immediately initiated a roll call and accounted for all my patrol officers. Then we had to track down every detective to see if it was one of them on the wrong channel. They too were all accounted for. It turned out to be an officer in trouble from a department a hundred miles away from us that shared the same frequencies. When the weather conditions were just right they would bleed over on to our channels and we would bleed over on to theirs. The FCC refused to assign either of us different frequencies because their rules designated that the same frequencies be used with a certain mileage distance between them and frequencies were too precious far and few between and too difficult to change. With TV stations and their substations, repeaters etc converting to digital it's going to free up a significant range of frequencies that are desperately needed so this kind of thing doesn't happen.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Wow, thanks for the history lessons, I learned something today.