June 13th, 2009 18:15 EST
Old Folks Don't Know Jack About Digital TV
"Nearly 700,000 people called a federal hot line this week, confused about the nationwide switch from analog to digital TV broadcasts that occurred Friday.
The Federal Communications Commission said Saturday that nearly 30 percent of the calls handled by agents from Monday to Friday were about how to operate the digital converter boxes needed to receive signals on older TVs.
The FCC said most of those callers` problems were resolved when they were told to re-scan the airwaves for digital frequencies." The Associated Press
The long-awaited transition from analog to digital TV went off without a hitch for the vast majority of Americans. If you are a cable or satellite TV customer you experienced a seamless transition; it`s only the few Luddites who have ancient television sets and antennas on their roofs who were confused.
But the elderly folks who were confused about the nationwide switch from analog to digital TV, also mistake the lawnmower for the Hovercraft.
Dudes do a good deed, and help your technologically-challenged grandparents join the digital age. It won`t take you more than a couple of minutes to hook up their TV`s to the digital converter boxes.
If any of my elderly readers are having problems getting a signal, call the help line: 1-888-CALL-FCC