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Terrestrial Radio. It’s as bad as I remember.

2 April, 2010 (22:07) | Fun, rant |

It’s been about five years since I bought into Sirius satellite (paid) radio.  At the time, like many initial customers,  I was spending a lot of time in a company truck.  For me it was driving from hilltop-to-hilltop working on transmitters or to various studios within “driving distance” and I quickly became fed up with […]

NAB 2008 In Review.

4 May, 2008 (14:00) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, NAB, rant, TV |

This year’s NAB had a bit more energy among television broadcasters than the NAB show last year and almost all of it was around the mobile DTV plans and testing currently going on. Despite the interest in mobile DTV and the NAB claiming ~105,000 registered attendees, the North and Central halls were only mildly busy. […]

DTV “coupon” converter box put to the test. Does it work?

18 March, 2008 (09:47) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, TV | 1 comment

No “film at 11” drama here; yes, it works and it works surprisingly well for a $60 piece of electronics ($20 after the $40 coupon is applied). For those that don’t know, this Insignia brand NS-DXA1 DTV converter box is one of a few available devices which are part of the US government’s effort to […]

Treating analog TV transmitters like sickly inmates on death row. Keep ‘em alive… For now…

24 January, 2008 (18:00) | Analog Transition, TV |

All across the nation there are TV stations headed toward the analog shutdown mandated by congress on February 17th, 2009. At which point, only the station’s high power digital transmitter will be authorized to stay on the air along with the Class ‘A’ and low-power TV stations and their low-power translators (for the moment). So, […]

NAB 2007 REVIEW

24 April, 2007 (14:14) | HDTV, NAB |

For several years I have been attending the NAB convention and this year I was asked to craft a report for my current employer: ION Media Networks. >General Observations: The last few years I have noticed a progressive thinning of broadcast television specific technology and a steady shift toward digital media primarily focusing on its […]