Well, it’s been two days and I haven’t seen news of anyone spontaneously exploding or otherwise expiring.

The long day’s journey into night has taken place. We now have digital television and all is well with the world – sort of.

Proving that lying is more popular than ever, the station I wrote about  a couple of days ago, which was bragging about coming into digital broadcasting at its original position of channel 9, at full power, did not. The change did not help either, as it now is harder to receive than during the pre-transition time.

I looked around, after rescanning a couple of times during the 48 hours between Thursday midnight and Saturday midnight, and though I have 61 available channels, probably 10 of them are unavailable at certain times of the day with the present antenna setup. I’ll be getting a new one to alleviate the problem. Of the 61 channels, 28 of them are foreign language broadcasters, so it is not quite the movable feast one might think. The joys of the melting pot, I guess. There are several Spanish channels, a few Korean channels, and a Vietnamese channel – I’m still wondering why there is not a French channel, a German channel, or a Russian channel.

Good to know that we have made the change with little fuss, especially from the majority of the public, which has once again been fleeced of a natural resource, the EM spectrum, and will be paying for new usage that was never necessary.

The PC Magazine article that calls itself a wrap up cites 317,500 calls on Friday, probably a lot less than they had imagined.

My Sunday evening television news, in all its digital glory, reports that the current total, as of 7 p.m. PDT, over 722,000 calls were answered.

Of course, we don’t know the number of actual answers given. It’s certainly not over, but it is going better than anyone had a right to expect.


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