Scary news about the analog TV phaseout!

Maureen Carney
Fri Feb 1 16:56:03 EST 2008

My life is a jumble of wires!! I hope those improvements are made as I'm going on what I'm used to and what would confuse the life out of people over 65 (like my parents). As for reception, I find that I just can't find a place for the antenna that works well when I bring the Radio Shack set over to my parents house. In my apartment I just point the antenna down Route 9 towards 128 and the Needham stick and I have no problem at all.

----- Original Message ----
From: Scott Fybush <>
To: Maureen Carney <>
Cc: Boston Radio Group <>
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2008 2:40:55 PM
Subject: Re: Scary news about the analog TV phaseout!

Maureen Carney wrote:
> 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.

I didn't find the Newburyport article to be entirely accurate. The price 
of the converter boxes is already coming down. The Sling/Echostar box 
will be on the shelves soon at a suggested retail price of $39.99, which 
means it will effectively be free with the $40 coupon, give or take a 
few bucks in sales tax.

The boxes approved for use in the coupon program are required to have 
NTSC RF outputs, so no additional "external connectors" will be needed 
beyond - MAYBE - a $2 balun to convert the 75-ohm coax connection to a 
300-ohm twin-lead connection for really old sets.

I think, but don't know for sure, that the approved boxes will also 
include a convenience outlet for the TV set to be plugged into.

Really, it's hard to imagine how the whole program could be made much 
easier for the consumer, short of TV stations sending engineers to 
individual homes to get everything working. (And at least at WXXI here 
in Rochester, I wouldn't rule that out if the need arose!)


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