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VIDEO: What Analog TV is Like after the Digital Television Transition

I’m not the only one who didn’t bother to upgrade my TV set from a hand-me-down analog to a DTV-capable (or converted) set. Surprisingly, there are at least two or three channels that continue broadcasting (on UHF in Los Angeles), including HSN.com. The rest of the local channels feature an irritating infomercial on how stupid we must be for not converting our analog TV’s with a DTV converter box. Or, as you’ll see in the beginning of the video — it’s complete and total dead air (as in the case of ABC 7). No matter, I’m watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals via a Veetle livestream broadcast. Interestingly, some channels — for example, what was formerly NBC Los Angeles Channel 4 — are broadcasting the DTV infomercial exclusively in Spanish, as if to say that it’s clearly a class or language issue. Also noted — an apparent Chicago bias in the content of the DTV infomercials. Catch Alfonso Soriano rounding the bases with a quick cut to a Lou Malnatti’s Pizzeria sign about half way through. Check out the 3:30 video below for a tour of analog TV in the DTV era.

By Andy Sternberg

Andy Sternberg is a digital strategist and marketing specialist with a focus on enhancing interactive and user experience through content and social media. He's been tweaking content and music-related websites since the '90s and has a Master's in Online Journalism. He's currently the head of Social & Digital Media at Rotary International. Find him on Twitter @andysternberg.

One reply on “VIDEO: What Analog TV is Like after the Digital Television Transition”

So that's what it looks like on the other side of the Digital Divide. Interesting. BTW, your video overpowered my iBook so you came out sounding a lot like Ralph the Talking Computer.

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