January 3, 2009

Analog/Digital TV Changes....When Should I Panic?

Oh, probably about now.

I've been confused. American stations are running their do-or-die messages for a year now, but I've heard that Canadians don't have to worry until 2011.

As your Public Servant Blogger - here's the dope: Television transmissions originating in Canada won't require a special box or hookup until August 2011.

The bad news? You're probably aren't watching much Canadian TV. I mean, the CBC will still come in loud and clear (and of course, Coronation Street), but all the American junk you're addicted to, won't. Here's the official government gobbledygook.

The U.S. changes in February - just a few weeks away. I'm awaiting mass pandemonium, unseen since Orson Welles' War of The Worlds. Apparently, coupons have been available to people who ask to defer the costs of the switch. The problem? People that have bothered to get the coupons had to obtain the boxes within something like 30 days. If they didn't, the coupons expired, and they can't get any more. Which means paying.

If you bought a TV recently, and it wasn't one of the "holy crap, I can't believe we got a 32" TV for $100!", you're probably fine. All the new HDs and plasmas are good to go. Well, as long as you're paying cable to haul in the HD signal. Check your bill.

But if you have an older TV, or one of those bargains, you're going to have to get an adapter box thing. I'm peeved - I have a little set in my kitchen that's mounted on an arm (the arm cost more than the TV), and I can't put a box on top of it. It'll fall off and crush a cat - their food bowls are under the set. Which all means we're more than likely all going to be hauled into the HD land of stupid TVs, whether we want to or not.

I don't like perfectly good things being declared useless. I also hate a ridiculous configuration of boxes and cords cluttering up the place. They also tell me the cost is 'minimal' - a hundred bucks. Minimal? No, minimal is 5 bucks.

And now, I need your help. Somebody out there in Lorraineblogland knows lots about this. Please volley in your knowledge, and help plebes like me out. Keep your info direct and to the point, and help us untangle all the knotted instructions.

Tell me what I need to know, here in Canada, to keep things the same as they are now. If you can supply links, great. If you want me to post a separate blog, tell me that too.

Thank you in advance, Oh Techno Wizards.


Blogger Nursedude said...


If your current TV's use cable or satellite then you're fine. All the converting of signals will be done by the receivers/cable boxes. Here's a link from cogeco that sort of explains things:


It should apply to most cable companies. Hope that helps.


January 04, 2009 9:50 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

And from today's Star...


Pretty much as already stated.

January 05, 2009 1:29 PM  

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