As you know, on February 17th, all analog television signals will be turned off in favor of digital. I know you know this, because if you’ve been alive and watching T.V. for the past year, you can’t miss the incessant running of PSAs trumpeting this new age of television broadcasting.
You know what part of the switch I’m looking forward to the most? The fact that we won’t have to hear about the upcoming switch anymore. The PSAs are so condescending – they treat people like idiots. Although, according to recent news, , so perhaps the hand-holding is warranted.
Morah and I bought our converter boxes (and I was able to set it up without having to be told how by a news anchor, thank you very much). At that point in time, I was impressed by the clarity of the image. Now, however, I’m often unable to get a clear signal at all.
The first hiccup came with the cold weather. I assumed that the heavy snow was interfering with the broadcast. As the snow let up, the reception improved. Further fueling my suspicion is that fact that it has been quite foggy in Spokane lately, and once again the reception has been poor. In fact, a couple of nights ago, it got so bad that we gave up and decided not to watch T.V. at all.
I grabbed the remote controls for the converter box and television to turn them off. I didn’t consciously decide to turn the converter box off first; I just happened to be holding its remote control in my right hand. When I did, it kicked into analog pass-through mode.
The signal came in perfectly.
Whereas the digital image had been littered with artifacts, the analog signal was generally free from blemished. The digital audio had come through intermittently, but the analog audio was clear and continuous.
If digital reception is going to be determined by the weather, maybe I’ll take my converter boxes back, get my money back, and stop watching television altogether.