Goodbye Analog TV

Today is the day most analog television broadcasts stop in the US.

The first TV I remember was a 19 inch black and white on a stand with wheels. It never moved so I’m not sure what the wheels were for.

Then in the late 60’s dad built a color TV from parts (Heathkit. Remember those?) and I remember being amazed at what would now be considered a really crappy picture. We still only had three stations, but ZOMG! COLOR!!! I also remember going to Radio Shack and using the tube tester to figure out which tube needed replacing, which always seemed to happen right when you wanted to watch something.

In the 80’s cable TV finally arrived for me, and in the 90’s satellite (I’ve never been an early adopter in things television related) and finally Tivo in the early 21st century.

Over the last few years my TV viewing time has dwindled to almost zero. I can’t even remember the last time I watched an actual broadcast network TV show on an actual television in real time.

Broadcast television has been irrelevant to me for years. As far as I’m concerned turn it all off, digital broadcast too and use that RF space for more useful purposes.

I won’t miss it.

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0 Responses to Goodbye Analog TV

  1. Kristopher says:

    We ditched DirecTV at our home when we realized we were never watching it.


    It couldn’t compete with the Internet, online games, and DVDs.

    That was $90 less billing each month … The salespeople at DTV got a bit desperate when we called to cancel … even offered full service at the dead minimum $9.99/month charge for local channels only.

    I might install a roof antenna to pick up local news stations … that’s about it.

  2. Old NFO says:

    I only use it for news and racing 🙂

  3. Your dad’s pretty cool building a color TV from Heathkit. And, oh yes, I do remember them.