My govt. issued 40 buck discount on a DTV box was about to expire, so I bought one today. I don’t have cable, and ever since the WTC went down my TV reception has been for crap. I was pleasantly surprised that with the box I get crystal clear images (better than dvd images) from 18 channels in Downtown Manhattan.
I was going to post about the scare ads for cable and DTV ready televisions, preying on people’s tech fears about the switch. I was going to say don’t worry, I’m using rabbit ears and getting great reception on my old TV. But I then I read that the current DTV signals here are temporarily on the UHF band, and that after the switch the stations will revert to using the VHF frequencies that I currently receive so crappilly. So, it could be that after the 12th my reception will once again go to hell, but instead of ghosts I’ll be getting blocky images and audio interruptions. I suspect it will be OK, but it’s nothing I can definitively say at the moment.
Get your TV converter box coupons here: dtv2009.gov It took a couple of weeks for my card to come.
Update: I ran some coax cable to the top of my west facing living room window. To the ground and the central wire I attached two 26 inch long pieces of speaker wire. They are stretched making an upside down Y from the top. I can now receive 40 channels about a third of which may be something I might watch. The rest are Spanish, Korean, Christian or infomercial. This is very cool. It is almost like getting basic cable for free.
Heroes, Season one, had me enchanted with the fairytale morality drama. It was good fantasy/sf writing. Exploring the good and the evil of the characters as they discovered their powers was fun. The second season introduced more superpowers and superheroes. Some characters accumulated so many different powers that I can’t see how they could remember what powers they had or didn’t have, I certainly couldn’t. In this third season, when you see an actor, he/she will as likely be: their future evil time-traveling self, a shape-shifting impostor, or a psychic-projection, as anything else. I can’t tell If the writers are weaving coherent threads, or random knots. Everybody has superpowers, the center cannot hold. Who knows, it may all cleverly come together for this year’s seasonal climax. But in terms of emotional involvement, the writers are making it too hard for me to care if a particular character lives or dies between commercial breaks. You don’t have to worry, if they do die you know that the actor at least will be back on the show sooner or later. But the writers and producers are doing clever things that will probably be fun for my future-self to dissect with the aid of my DVD remote control of the future.
New citizen, Craig Ferguson says “If you don’t vote you are a moron.”