Scary news about the analog TV phaseout!

Maureen Carney
Fri Feb 1 14:12:58 EST 2008

Here's 2 additional down sides not mentioned:

1) If you have an older TV you won't have the plugs to connect the composit or component wires. There is an external connector, and that will run another $15-35 .

2) The digital box and the external connector both need to be plugged in. More $$$ in electricity and the pain of using an additional outlet (someone might trip on cords) or getting an outlet multiplier.

These are things most of us take for granted - having access to equipment, the money to buy it if we want it and the knowledge of how it goes together.

----- Original Message ----
From: Doug Drown <>
To: Richard Chonak <>; BostonRadio Mailing List <>
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2008 12:40:02 PM
Subject: Re: Scary news about the analog TV phaseout!

Well, it may sound hysterical, but there's a lot of truth to it.  I live in
a very rural area in one of the poorest counties of Maine.  A lot of our
senior citizens have only roof antennas, and some of them live on very
meager fixed incomes.  It's hard to argue with the assertion that buying a
converter box won't be a financial burden to them.  I don't know of any
program around here in which help will be offered.  -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Chonak" <>
To: "'BostonRadio Mailing List'"
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 12:05 PM
Subject: Scary news about the analog TV phaseout!

> The Newburyport Daily News has a piece about the analog TV phaseout,
> with a headline that must have been generated from a template:
> "Elderly, poor hardest hit by switch to digital TV"
> Well, now I know what issue I'm going to be voting on this year!
> --RC

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