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Tuner Hacks

Hackaday has a brilliant series of posts on hacking TV tuners. Check these out:

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Analog TV Transition News

Man frustrated with converter box shoots TV, in police standoff [Giz]

How We Bungled Transition [Wired]

High-Def Television Promises Sharper Crap [The Onion]

Converter Box Scam Websites [KSDK/NBC]

Hidden Camera in DTV Converter Box is a Hoax [Wired]

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Related Posts: Requiem For Analog TV, Lurching Toward Digital




Requiem for Analog TV

Noted author Bruce Sterling presents a eulogy for analog TV, at the Berkeley Art Museum, February 17 2009.

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Previously: Analog TV Shutdown Delayed, Lurching Toward Digital, Switching to Digital TV




Analog TV Shutdown Delayed

US Congress approved a delay from the planned February 17 shutdown of broadcast analog TV signals to a new deadline of June 12. The President is expected to sign the measure into law. From the Washington Post:

The Federal Communications Commission has said that centers set up to answer consumer questions about the conversion were understaffed and that the government needed more time.

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“There’s no way we could have accomplished in the next 14 days what should have been done over the past 24 months,” said Michael J. Copps, acting FCC chairman.

The $40 coupon program for assisting citizens in purchasing digital TV converter boxes for their old analog TV sets (and computer analog TV tuners) is out of money. Additional money might be included in the stimulus package now under consideration.

Cable and satellite TV subscribers can keep using their old TVs. Here in New Mexico, many rural areas are served by lower power translator stations that might continue broadcasting analog for months and years past the June shutdown date.

Previous Posts: Lurching Toward Digital, Switching to Digital TV




Betamax Decision

25 years ago today, Sony Corporation of America v Universal City Studios, Inc was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, affirming that time-shifting is fair use and does not infringe on copyright.

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Lurching Toward Digital

The USA DTV coupon program is out of money. The vouchers are intended to help purchase digital converter boxes for consumers with older televisions (and analog TV tuner cards) needed to convert digital broadcasts to the legacy format after the February 17, 2009 deadline for stopping analog broadcast TV. $1.34 billion was reserved for the program.

Now the advocacy group Consumers Union is urging a delay in the transition date.

[kudos Gizmodo, Washington Post]

Related post: Switching to Digital TV




Switching to Digital TV

Analog TV broadcasting in the USA is slated to end February 17, 2009. Anyone still using an analog TV in the States after that point (including tuners using some of our software) will need a converter box. As a public service, this video guide explains all:

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