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No more free TV signal - Hawaii is the Guinea Pig

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DTV comes to Hawaii - Jan 15 2009

On Thursday Jan 15 2009, Hawaii will be the first state to experience the DTV conversion.  It's coming to the rest of the country one month later.  Are you ready for it?  At noon, Hawaii's full-power TV stations turn off their analog signals in favor of all-digital broadcasting.  Some communities will probably lose their signal due to the location of the new digital transmitters at a lower elevation in Ulupalakua, as opposed to atop Haleakala.  The new transmitters have a decreased signal coverage, leaving a lot of customers out of luck.

The FCC has a website to help Hawaii consumers with the transition to Digital TV.  The DTV switch will not affect households with cable or satellite TV service.

Many rural parts of Maui don't have cable service, and rely on satellite for their TV viewing.  That includes me and my neighborhood in Huelo.  We have done all we can by getting the converter box and new antenna, and tomorrow we'll find out whether or not we will be hostage to the Dish Network forever.

The day after update - things went pretty smoothly, but I'm out of luck!  Read the Maui News story here.  I didn't realize why we were the first, but it was due to working around the nesting schedule of the dark-rumped petrel!  Isn't that considerate?


If you're looking for more info Maui and Maui homes for sale - ask a REALTOR who knows the area....

Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro - 808 283-0635 - - EMAIL ME - Mahalo!

Comment balloon 11 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • January 14 2009 09:46PM


I heard that they may postpone the transition. I wonder if that will happen.

Posted by Brian Belcher, Charlotte Realtor (RE/MAX Executive) over 10 years ago

Georgina- Make sure to let the rest of us know how the transition worked out for Hawaii.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

I hope it works out for you...if is pretty cheap lol.

I think you'll be okay. I was just watching the news.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

It is amazing what we take for granted that everyone shares.....shame on us.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 10 years ago

I guess it is worth it to live in paradise

Posted by Brian Griffis (Realty Choice) over 10 years ago

Well don't feel bad.  If you can't get a television signal, you can at least go out and enjoy the absolutely BEAUTIFUL scenery you've got there!  Hopefully it will all go smoothly though.


Posted by Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team (Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Let us know if your "fix" works! I think they should go ahead with the changeover everywhere in the U.S. to get it over with.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 10 years ago

Brian Blecher - I hear that too.

Katerina - it went smoothly, call centers were busy

Sally - it looks like we are dependent on Dish Network forever

Dan - I don't understand why the taxpayer doesn't get something back from the billions that Uncle Sam will be pocketing on this transition

Brian G - yes we have to put up with a lot of sh*t just for being here....haha

Kathy - go outside?  oh yeah that would be a good idea... lol

Mike - we are personally out of luck, but most people are OK

Hey everyone - get prepared now, don't wait until the last minute.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

I can only imagine how horrible life would be in Maui if you couldn't stay indoors... and had to settle for going to the beach or something. :-)

Posted by Chuck Willman, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 10 years ago

If the transition doesn't work for you consider the newer options on the internet including

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Chuck - heaven forbid!  Anyway the beach is not so much fun at night.

Sabrina - we have a new LCD TV and satellite subscription!  I will check out hulu too, thanks.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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