Early Wednesday morning after the original February 17th deadline to transition to digital TV, more than 420 TV stations across the nation, including one in Austin, turned off their analogue signal and continued broadcasting their digital signal. All is well for the most part in Central Texas.
Elsewhere, things did not go as well.
A MISSOURI MAN, FRUSTRATED OVER LOSING HIS CABLE TV SERVICE, PEPPERED HIS TV SET WITH GUNFIRE.
POLICE RESPONDED TO THIS HOUSE IN JOPLIN WEDNESDAY AFTER REPORTS OF SHOTS BEING FIRED INSIDE.
TURNS OUT, THE 70-YEAR OLD WAS LIVID OVER LOSING CABLE AND COULDN'T GET HIS DIGITAL TV CONVERTER TO WORK.
AFTER A BRIEF STANDOFF, POLICE TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED HIM WITH UNLAWFUL USE OF A FIREARM.
IT WAS WALTER HOOVER'S WIFE WHO REPORTED HIM TO POLICE AND SHE ALSO TOLD THEM HE HAD BEEN DRINKING.
(From NBC Universal)
Folks, DTV isn't that important.Running around on the Internet I did find this marginally useful piece of information on "How Stuff Works". The question was, "What would happen if I shot my TV?" What would happen other than a knock on the door from the police? Find your scientific answer here: http://science.howstuffworks.com/what-if-shoot-tv.htm
(Editor's note: An earlier post of the above story included another story, but a reader pointed out quite rightly that the story was not DTV related because it happened a year ago. I deleted it. Thank you to "Anonymous" for keeping me straight.)
© Jim McNabb, 2009