Digital TV reception
Mon Aug 5 14:29:51 EDT 2013
"The BIG problem is that the stations' power limits were cut down so far that many suburban, rural, and even urban areas cannot get a reliable signal. Many cannot get any signal, yet were able to with analog."
There is another side to that coin. Receiver sensitivity in digital TV sets (at the antenna terminal/jack) is far higher than it was with analog sets (meaning, you need more signal to obtain a usable picture). I think the assumption made by most set manufacturers was that they'll mostly be used with cable, where receiver sensitivity isn't an issue.
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