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Your TV is about to be body-snatched

If your television set erupts into wavy color lines and voice-of-doom instructions to call a toll-free Static number Monday, don't worry -- it's not a nuclear attack or a space-alien invasion. It just means your set isn't ready for the switch to digital broadcasting signals scheduled for next year.

Preparing for the changeover, South Florida TV stations will move their programming to the new digital signal twice, for two minutes apiece, on Monday -- at 6:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Viewers whose sets are digital-ready shouldn't notice a thing.

Meanwhile, the analog signal -- the one that will be shut down for good on Feb. 17 -- will carry only the warning message that directs viewers to a toll-free telephone number (1-877-388-5353) and a website (www.dtv.gov) for help.

Viewers who watch television using a cable box or a satellite dish (as about 90 percent of Americans do) shouldn't have to do anything to prepare for the switch to digital. But televisions connected only to antennas -- whether on the roof or the set itself -- must be hooked to digital converter to continue receiving signals after Feb. 17.


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What's going to happen during hurricanes or major blackouts - will battery operated tv be totally useless?


Hey, Mike! Buy a portable radio!

Al S

There are several options during emergencies when the power goes out.

1: AM/FM radio

2: Read the newspaper the next day if the presses still work.

I like:

1: Use a computer uninterruptible battery backup, UPS, to run a DTV Converter box, use Rabbit Ears for Over-The-Air Digital reception and hook it up to a portable, battery-operated TV.


2: Buy a new portable, digital, battery-operated TV. It's the easiest.

Then read about the storm in detail in Glenn's excellent Newspaper articles.

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