Tuner Hacks

Hackaday has a brilliant series of posts on hacking TV tuners. Check these out: Using a TV tuner as a high speed ADC Working software-defined radio with a TV tuner card Those USB TV tuners used for SDR can also grab GPS data Playing air traffic controller with software defined radio Putting a software defined … Read more

Requiem for Analog TV

Noted author Bruce Sterling presents a eulogy for analog TV, at the Berkeley Art Museum, February 17 2009. [flash http://vimeo.com/3069388] [video link] kudos boingboing 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 … Read more

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. [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoDr_04-CMs] [video link]

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 … Read more

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: [flash http://www.hulu.com/embed/sHvYdduH4i5nXRdHvmWJVA] video link [kudos Talkshow with Spike Feresten]