Saturday, June 13, 2009

Signal of the Times

Well finally the switch to digital signal is here and a quick rescan of the digital converter box shows that the lowest signal in NYC is 7 then 11 then 13. That means 2, 4, 5, and 9 have all moved on up to the 30s and 40s.

What does it really mean not much since those empty channel have not been put to use. There is no super-wi-fi or amazing cell phone connection just a bunch of dead air and billions in licensing up for auction.

Currently channels 2 and 4 over the air are showing a how to guide, in English and Spanish, on what to do next. Repeating continuously for the next few weeks.


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Some channels like 18-WMBC and few others are still coming through but it may only be temporary. I will note that I have a VHF antenna hooked up to the convertor box and it would be better if I had a dual VHF/UHF antenna. This allows all the signals to come in.

2 comments:

  1. I'm anxious to see what my local channels will do with the extra bandwidth. I've heard that in other markets they've added content to compliment the main station, like a channel 2 then a channel 2.5 with trivia quizzes and such.

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  2. All they done out here is add 24hr weather sub-channel, 24hr kids sub-channel, and Spanish programming.
    For some reason NBC added a 24hr Olympic trial sub-channel.
    Other stations just add radio stations or infomercials.
    ion added some nice adventure sub-channel but also added 4 religious sub-channels.

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