DTV Solution: Shoot the Tube
Then there's that case in Missouri about a 70-year-old man who allegedly took out his frustrations by squeezing off a few rounds at his TV set.
According to a report, the "homeowner was angry that he had lost his cable, and was unable to get his new DTV converter to work properly. After a brief standoff, the man was taken into custody. His wife told officers the suspect had been drinking."
Easy, people. It's only television.
Meanwhile, the latest report about the transition from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a tad more pleasant. According to a Commission report (PDF) that analyzes the nature of the trouble calls coming into the FCC's help line (1-888-CALL-FCC), 32 percent of them were from consumers who had questions about reception and technical issues. The most common complaints were tied to problems with converter boxes.
Call volume spiked on Feb. 17 (27,764 calls), but didn't recede much on the following day, when the center took 25,320 calls. (See FCC Cites DTV Trouble Calls.)
The FCC has not yet released any DTV-related call volume data beyond Feb. 18. Also, no word yet if any other analog TVs have met ugly, untimely deaths as a result of the digital transition.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News