FINALLY...I see someone else who is concerned about this topic. I just saw an ad run on NBC, warning that free OTA tv may soon end if we do not act.
By "free", I do not mean commercial-free either. I mean that no one will be able to receive broadcast programming without paying a fee to one agency or another: DISH, ComCast, Direct TV, or.....eventually....the government?
When we first began to hear about the transition to DTV, I asked myself, "WHY did we, the people, not have any say whatever in this decision? I do not want DTV. What happened to the 'will of the people'?" It did not take me long to realize that this was just the beginning of the end for free OTA tv.
Now we have a new DTV and often the reception on certain channels is lousy: interrrupted by "pixelation" or lost signals. I see all of this as a planned conspiracy to force us to change to cable or satellite. The sad thing is that many people - retirees, low income, unemployed, etc. - cannot afford this forced change.
Has anyone stopped to think what will become of this freedom of ours when the govt begins to exert control over cable and satellite transmissions? So much for free speech!
If the people do not object NOW to all this forced "change", there will be an unintended result: more crime in the streets. Free tv has been the only entertainment that many young people can enjoy. When that ends, the crime rate will certainly go up too. So....now is the time to let your representatives know that we ARE NOT HAPPY with these forced changes!