Cincinnati.com: Ch. 64 flooded with calls after switch

Cincinnati.com: Ch. 64 flooded with calls after switch

Channel 64 was the only area TV station to turn off analog at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. It was one of more than 400 stations nationwide which switched totally to digital broadcasting this morning, according to Associated Press.

All other stations in Cincinnati, Covington and Dayton delayed ending analog until spring, under legislation approved earlier this month by Congress.

“We’ve received quite a few calls from elderly people who aren’t familiar with electronics, and don’t know how to hook up their (converter) box,” Lawhead says.

I didn’t really see the point in delaying the switch to digital.  As long as the analog signal is still working, many people won’t bother to take the time to make the switch.  But, once they lose Matlock or Judge Judy, then people will make the change.

There is a cost in having this delay.  It’s estimated that the delay will cost Public Television 22 Million due to broadcasting both a digital and analog signal.

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  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    We lost channel 64 after the switch. It’s gone. No amount of scanning or tweeking the converter box has brought it back. Everybody else comes in fine. We are not buying a new antenna or wasting money on cable. From our point of view, this is like being back in the 50’s –when the wind blows our picture pixelates–when the sun shines our picture pixelates–if we blink too much our picture pixelates. We know how to read, we can rent DVDs, we have the Internet and can live without TV.
    And people want the government to run health care!

  • Reply MT April 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    This really isn’t a government thing. It’s just time to move from analog to digital. Yeah, there will be problems, but welcome to the 21st Century.

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