PUNK'D BY FCC,
CONGRESS, STATE, &
It wasn't a "revolution," but it ought to be the catalyst for one. The much-hyped transition from broadcast to digital television has been confirmed as the scam of the century. My four testers across Montgomery County have reported in 2 months later. The results? American TVs not wired for expensive cable or satellite TV have been left as pre-1960s relics.
Now, you haven't heard much about the transition since the week it happened, right? Do you know why? It's because the powers-that-be (elected officials and their dear friends in the Cable TV industry) want you to think that you're the only one who is too dumb to figure out the new TV/converter box.
Count on RobertDyer.net to once again bring you the stories you cannot read anywhere else.
You may have cable or satellite TV hooked up to every TV in your home. If so, congratulations, and you're probably not going to understand what this blog entry is about. You, at significant cost per month, are receiving what passes for the finest in television in 2009.
However, if you are in the majority of county residents, and have TVs without cable (or are one of the many low-income residents, senior citizens, or just the average citizen who doesn't have cable at all - yes, Richie Rich, they do exist! - you have just been Punk'd by your elected officials and the cable industry.
My exclusive Montgomery County test panel reports that they have less digital channels today than they did one week after the switch. What are the "sure things" on DTV? Retro TV and 3 weather radars. Wow. Welcome to the future of television.
Let's get this straight: Fewer channels, greater expense, and lots and lots of time adjusting those antennas (which cost extra) and rescanning all channels. Pause while I run down to the store and see if the TV dinners are in aluminum trays again.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the politicians of Montgomery County (all Democrats, by the way) told you it would be better than broadcast. Most significantly, they joined Congress, the FCC, and cable companies in a boast that DTV would provide more TV for seniors and the Latino community.
Of course, you haven't heard about that on TV or in the Washington Post (which has a business relationship with Comcast).
But it didn't happen. Not only did seniors lose up to 60% of their old channels, but Latinos lost 'em all! Except for Univision on Channel 14.
Latino viewers lost Telefutura, Telemundo, and Galavision.
Is that how our elected officials improve service for Latinos in Montgomery County? They've got a lot of explaining to do. But, "shhhhhhh!!!!!!!" It will have to be whispered, because no politician in the county is capable of standing up to monopoly Comcast.
Perhaps Ike Leggett can have his "liason" to the Latino community address the issue? Hasn't happened, either.
This transition to DTV was fueled by greed, and all involved - politicians and cable providers -made a vast sum from the switch.
And the rest of us? Stuck with pre-1960s channel options, and forced to purchase cable or satellite TV to restore even a basic level of television entertainment.
We've been punk'd.
And once again, the hypocrisy of our "green" politicians has been laid bare. The enviromental catastrophe of millions of useless TVs entering the ecosystem is beyond imagination. And worst of all, the whole thing was entirely unnecessary.It's outrageous.
But county residents, and all Americans, should return the favor - bigtime - by voting every politician who voted for this switchover out of office.
And by electing candidates who will finally stand up for the consumer against monopoly utilities (that includes TV) in Montgomery County. Consumers should have choices. And elections give you choices, as well.
The best part is, those affected by the switch are already angry! You just haven't heard about it, because the media is blacking out the truth about the DTV switch. Citizens affected don't have to read my blog to know they've lost channels. But hopefully they'll feel better knowing that they are not electronically inept, but rather, in the majority. It's not you; it's the TV.
Angry people vote, and we are going to have a world of change in Montgomery County in 2010.