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'Beloved Vikings:' Still a digital dream

  • Blog Post by: Jane Friedmann
  • December 7, 2009 - 10:19 AM

A frustrated television viewer vents:

“. . . why, after all these months of preparation and cost to get ready for the digital TV era, have some of the stations not switched to digital? I live in rural Brainerd, MN and was so looking forward to watching the Vikings on digital TV only to find that [several broadcast affiliates] did not go digital and still sends an analog signal.
“I understand that it has something to do with the strength of signal from the individual towers that determine if they have to switch over or not, but nothing was ever said in the ads for the conversion about this being a possibility. I spent a lot of money on an antenna and converters, and was very excited to get the few stations we receive on a digital signal. I thought it was a law that ALL stations had to convert!  This really doesn’t seem fair, especially after I was led to believe my beloved Vikings would come in crystal clear.
“We tried to watch the nationally televised Vikings game last night—it was very frustrating as the picture was horrible and the sound kept cutting in and out.”
What was your experience? Was communication on the conversion to digital crystal clear or did you, like this man, receive weak signals? Do you find that some stations are still broadcasting in analog?

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