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[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 10:39:09 EDT from clueless in seattle @ Uncensored

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Oops, hit the wrong key...

This has worked out ok for me. I just have to learn to be content with outdated technology and sometimes have to try to patch things together so they will work.

So I've got a nice TV, VCR and DVD player and get my movies from the public library. I can't afford cable, and the reception from my rabbit ears is abysmal, so I don't catch up with TV shows until they come out on DVD (if the library decides to buy them, that is).

So, I'm wondering what's going to happen to me when TV switches over to digital.
Since I don't watch much broadcast TV anyway, is it going to make much difference for me? I mean, I'll still be able to watch DVDs from the library.

Will the DVD format remain the same after the switch to digital tv?

[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 10:52:19 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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You will need a converter box to watch broadcast HD on your standard def television.

I believe this switch is supposed to happen in February of 2009.

The government willk be providing $40 coupons for a converter, so you'd have to pay around $20.

(This should make Groo happy! I'm paying high taxes to ensure everyone has fair access to television!)

[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 10:57:18 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I had written an email to the CEO of Philips North America regarding my now
defunct plasma display, and got the following response:

Dear Mr Danneskjold,

I acknowledge receipt of your e-mail dated 26 July.

I regret that you have not had good experiences with the (42 inch) Philips TV
and also not with the service.
I am copying our Consumer Service Manager and he or one of his staff from the
Presidential Escalations group will be in touch with you in the coming one or
two days to inform you how we will proceed.


Paul Zeven
Philips North America
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Tel: (212)536-0526

Not too shabby. Maybe they'll repair this boat anchor!

[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 11:05:17 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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HD is not catching on so fast that you have to worry about it just yet. There will be standard definition DVDs being released for at least a couple more years, probably longer. And there is already talk of a DVD-HD player for $100. Probably by the time you are forced to buy one there will be cheap players, just like you can go into a store and buy a DVD player for $30 today...
Funny story.. my girlfriend.. when we didn't live together.. had a fairly decent DVD player.. maybe a $200 (at the time) model. She let me borrow this player. One night she and I and her apartment-mates wanted to watch a movie there.. but no DVD player.. and it was not convenient to go back to my place to get it. So I went to Circuit City and bought a player for $40, and brought it back there. Figuring eventually I would take that player home and keep it, and they would take back their nicer player. Well, they preferred the $40 player. So we never switched them. My girlfriend moved in and we kept her player here, and I gave them the $40 player as a gift and they love it... So the cheap players are definitely functional. As far as digital TV, the FCC is taking back the analog spectrum, so you WILL be forced to adapt if you want to watch broadcast TV. I think they did push the date back on this a couple of times, but it is coming. You will need to get an adapter box to receive DTV on your analog set. I don't know how much those will cost.. probably something like $30-$50... Also there is a good chance that you will need a new antenna. There is probably a "rabbit ears" equivalent for DTV, maybe it will even come with the converter...

[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 14:59:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ah, but the FCC has not mandated a switch to HD -- they have mandated a switch to *digital*.

[#] Sun Jul 29 2007 16:20:10 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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heh, you 've gotta see the eyes of that guy while he's falling down on the engine shaft!!!

and... the bigger the picture is, the more fun is wii gaming ;-)

japanese TV stations are blaming the WII for a significant drain in tv-quotes ;-) 

[#] Mon Jul 30 2007 01:02:35 EDT from clueless in seattle @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the info, folks!

Looks like I'll just have to limp along with a converter box until such time as HD TVs start showing up on the hand-me-down circuit. Oh well, maybe by then I'll be in a nursing home where they'll have a big screen HD TV in the community room ;-)

[#] Wed Aug 08 2007 19:20:05 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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Where's MST3K when you really need it?

no titanic yet, but i'm sure in time...

[#] Thu Sep 20 2007 13:18:43 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Think about that. Upgrading the firmware on your TV.

if you think that's odd, here's something else you won't see coming.
It won't be long before your on/off light switches have ip addresses, which means there will have to be a little bit of software to respond to things like "go on, go off" and you'll have to upgrade the firmware when they find a bug in the 2 meg of code they need to do that.
Then of course your son will have tons of fun screwing around with your dns server so that when you go to turn the tv on, the garage light goes on instead.

[#] Thu Sep 20 2007 14:39:52 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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And then you'll have a bunch of old fogets griping about in the olden days you didn't have to program lights to go on an off, you just had to clap at them.

[#] Thu Sep 20 2007 15:21:22 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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For kate's 30th birthday, I broke her tv.
I did this by accidently hitting the power button on the remote twice instead of once , causing it to power on for half a second then shut off.
It never went on again.
After a few days we finally noticed that the TV was still busted, and I realzied I'd have to take it to a tv shop place...
I didn't really want to, it was heavy and I know these thigns are cheaper to replace than fix, so I thought lemme take a look.
Maybe it's a fuse.
I figure these things don't have any servicable parts in them, but maybe I can see a black singe mark somewhere.
I figure there's a CRT a mother board with three chips on it, and a big fat wire going from the board to the CRT.
I opened it up and sure enough I wsn't too far off.
it had maybe 5 or 6 chips.
Anyway, I looked afriad knowing there's a capactiro somewhere wiating to kill me...
But I followed the power plug disconnected it and sure as shit right behind the plug was a tiny little fuse.
And it had burned out. I was amazed it was such a small fuse, the tv is kind big and the lights dim when it goes on...
But $3 and a trip to rat shack later, the tv works again. YAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

[#] Thu Sep 20 2007 15:32:40 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Very nice!

[#] Thu Sep 20 2007 15:37:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Kate had a 30th birthday and you didn't tell us? Bad Ford! No cookie for you!

[#] Fri Sep 21 2007 13:59:56 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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hmm.m.. good point. Sorry. Wasn't thinking.

[#] Wed Sep 26 2007 18:56:37 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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congrats ford - for finding the fuse and not having kate find you on the floor

[#] Wed Sep 26 2007 19:44:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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She was there, I had given her a bat and told her if I get zapped, smash the shit out of the TV for me.

[#] Thu Sep 27 2007 21:03:12 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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nice :)

[#] Sun Dec 09 2007 19:06:35 EST from Monochrome @ Uncensored

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Ignoring DRM for a moment (and because I don't think it applies here)... I've got some music recorded on my DVR that I'd like to "convert" to files on my PC (flac, mp3, etc.) The obvious method is to simply play the music on the DVR and then record it via the L-R rca jacks. But that seems to analog! Anyone know of a way (software, hardware, etc.) to convert the nice pure digital DirecTv music to nice pure flac music w/out the analog junk in the middle?

[#] Sun Dec 09 2007 19:06:44 EST from Monochrome @ Uncensored

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Um, in windows... :)

[#] Sun Dec 09 2007 21:09:24 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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Short term, no.

Long term, stop paying for DRM-encumbered hardware.

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