I was recently watching channel 13 news, and they were doing a segment on the new digital conversion that is going to take place in February. The reporter told everyone that you have to have a digital conversion box if you get your signal in analog. (Yes, that is true). Then he told everyone that he would run a simple test to let you know if you need a digital conversion box for your TV set. He claimed that he was going to have the TV station stop sending the analog signal so you could see whether or not you are watching analog or digital TV. To no surprise of mine, when the dude unplugged the analog cable, my TV set went instantly blurry with fuzz.
When the reporter came back on the air after about 5 seconds, he told his viewers that if they saw fuzz, they don't have the capability to watch digital TV. Wow. Wow! Wow!!! He could not be more WRONG! It just so happens that I have a digital TV set. So, why didn't I get the digital signal instead of fuzz?
Well, reporters aren't that bright. It just so happens that the digital signal that the TV station sends is not broadcast through the air on the same frequency as the analog signal. In other words, I have to turn my TV to digital station 13-2 to view the digital version of channel 13, while the normal analog version is broadcast on the regular channel 13 frequency.
If you don't understand what I mean, its okay. Just take my word for it. If you have cable TV, satellite, or a digital TV, you will be fine despite the idiotic tests the news stations may run. The only people who have to worry about the digital TV conversion are people like me who use rabbit ears or roof top antennas. I wrote a long blog about this earlier this year. You can read it here.
This reminds me of the time I was working at the Dairy Barn at the Puyallup Fair. Some reporter with a camera man came up to our counter and asked us if we wanted to be interviewed. He said he was running a story about the process of taking the milk from the cows and turning it instantly into ice cream. He was sad to learn that the ice cream didn't actually come from the cows that were being milked on display across the room. After he learned that little fact, he didn't want to interview us anymore. He had just built a whole story out of an untrue assumption, and we burst his little balloon when we told him the ice cream was made from Dairygold ice cream mix that we dumped into the machine on a regular basis. Too bad. So sad. :)