TV goes digital

first_imgBy Helena AtwaterUniversity of Georgia Television is going digital on Feb.17, 2009. People who receive analog broadcasts will need to make some changes by then to continue to receive the free programming. “It’s the biggest thing to happen to television since its invention,” said Kathy Klass, a representative for the Digital TV Converter Box Coupon Program. After Feb. 17, all full-power TV stations will broadcast only digital signals. Digital television will provide better picture and sound quality and more programming, Klass said. The old analog signals will be freed up for emergency services.The change will affect 12 percent of the population, said Michael Rupured, a consumer economics specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. “The transition will affect people using an analog television set with rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna,” he said. People watching analog TV will have to connect to a cable or satellite service, buy a television with a digital tuner or purchase a converter box to keep their televisions working. “Most people won’t be affected because they get service through cable or satellite,” Rupured said. “Some cable or satellite subscribers might need additional equipment to be ready for the switch though, so check with your service provider.” If you are not sure whether your television has a digital tuner, check the owner’s manual.Translator and low-power stations Translator and low-power stations will not be affected by the deadline, he said. Translator stations rebroadcast the programming of full-power stations to people in remote areas. Low-power stations broadcast community or specialty programming. Low-power stations have call signs consisting of four letters followed by a -CA or –LP. The call sign for translator stations and some low-powered stations starts with a K or W followed by two numbers and ends with two more letters, for example K37ZZ. If you receive service from these stations and want to continue using an analog TV with an antenna, purchase a converter box with analog capability. This box will allow analog broadcasts as well as digital broadcasts to be viewed. Converter boxesConverter boxes cost $50 to $70. Consumers who want to keep their analog TV sets can get help buying a converter box from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which has a coupon program. Coupons are worth $40 each. Every household can receive two coupons. Klass said approximately 10.9 million households have requested coupons. To use the coupon, consumers must purchase converters certified by the NTIA at participating stores. Converters can be purchased from participating online retailers, too.If you have purchased a converter box without analog pass through and find you need one with pass through capability, a splitter or antenna switch may be added to the box to get both signals.Coupon supplies are limited. The NTIA will accept applications until Mar. 31, 2009. Coupon applications and more information is available at or through calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-388-2009. (Helena Atwater is an intern with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Communications.)last_img read more

BLOG: Finding Holiday Magic Close To Home

first_img December 10, 2015 BLOG: Finding Holiday Magic Close To Home SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Holidays,  The Blog With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to get bogged down by a long to-do list of gifts to buy, lights to hang, or cookies to bake. That’s why it can be so beneficial to hit “pause” from that hustle and bustle to take in the true spirit of the season, and all of the beautiful history Pennsylvania has to offer. Bonus: you don’t have to go far!Pennsylvania’s Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film just released a list of “must see” Pennsylvania holiday destinations this year. They include everything from the illuminated rides at Hersheypark, to the crafts and foods at Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Love Park, to the Season of Lights in Downtown Pittsburgh, to the novelty market at Christmas City in Bethlehem (PA, of course).Deputy Secretary Carrie Lepore outlines the top Pennsylvania holiday destinations, breaking them down into three categories: free, affordable, and luxurious.If you’re just too busy to visit before Christmas, many attractions will continue well into the new year. For a full list, or to learn more about tourism in Pennsylvania, go to By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretarylast_img read more

UW ends recent slump, manages split

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoDULUTH, Minn. — In a series highlighting both the youth of Duluth and the experience of Wisconsin, it was the freshmen from both teams that made big impacts throughout the two-game series, as Wisconsin pummeled Duluth 7-2 Friday night before falling 4-1 Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In Saturday’s contest, Duluth jumped on the board first when senior Tim Stapleton beat Connelly on a power-play one-timer for his 12th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.The Badgers responded with a power-play goal of their own, as Joe Pavelski cashed in a rebound off senior goaltender Isaac Reichmuth to tie the score at 1-1.However, the youth of the Bulldogs would dominate the experience of Wisconsin for the rest of the night. The Bulldogs responded 4:01 into the second period when freshman Mason Raymond fired a puck at the Wisconsin net that deflected off of a UW defender’s stick and over Connelly’s shoulder to put Duluth ahead for good at 2-1.Freshman MacGregor Sharp extended the Bulldog lead to 3-1 when he buried a rebound for a power-play goal halfway through the second period for his second goal of the series, and another freshman, Nick Kemp, closed out the scoring with a tip-in power-play goal in the third period.”Even though we lost a lot of games, I am really proud of their effort,” Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin said. “We did much better as a team tonight, and we scored some power-play goals. They went out tonight, and I was really impressed with what we saw. Hopefully, this can give our team a boost.”Along with the superb play of the Duluth freshmen, the story of the night for Wisconsin was its lack of success on the penalty kill, which led the WCHA at 88 percent.Duluth, which has the second worst power play in the league (14 percent), was an outstanding 3-for-6 on the power play and scored those three goals on only seven shots. On the night as a whole, Wisconsin out shot UMD 32-21, but behind junior goalie Isaac Reichmuth’s 31 saves, UMD broke its seven-game losing streak.”It was a tough night,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “I thought we could have been better on the penalty killing and could have executed better on the power play. Their power play beat our power play tonight.”It was a different story on Friday night, as Wisconsin came out the aggressor, pummeling Duluth goalie Josh Johnson early and often with 19 shots in the first period. Coupled with Duluth’s leading-scorer Michael Gergen receiving a game misconduct for checking from behind, Wisconsin was able to break out of an offensive slump that had plagued them over the past two weeks.The seven goals Wisconsin put up equaled its offensive output from the past four games combined, as defenseman Tom Gilbert, center Andrew Joudrey, left wingers Robbie Earl and Ross Carlson, and right winger Adam Burish scored goals in the Badgers victory, as they regained first place in the WCHA over idle Minnesota and Denver.Additionally, freshman Ben Street had his first three-point game as a Badger, adding two goals in the third period and an assist in the Wisconsin victory.The turning point for Wisconsin came in terms of a coaching change midway through the second period with Wisconsin up 3-2. Not pleased with how his lines were performing, Eaves decided to switch Jack Skille to Ben Street’s line in hopes of boosting the offense. Eaves’ gamble paid off, as the ensuing goal proved to be the back-breaker for Duluth. Skille made a touch pass to the Duluth native Carlson, who fired the puck between Johnson’s legs to give Wisconsin a two-goal advantage.”We decided to roll the dice,” Eaves said. “I think [that] we had a good first period with the lines we had [and] it was pretty solid. In the second period, we lost what we had and rather than sit around to see if something happens, let’s be proactive and see if we can set ourselves up here by making some changes.”However, the real topic of conversation Friday was the play of Shane Connelly and his superb goaltending in the net. After four consecutive defeats, Connelly stopped 28 shots and allowed two goals off deflections to earn his first collegiate win.When Wisconsin was struggling in the second period, Connelly proved to be the rock of the Wisconsin defense, stopping 17 of 18 Bulldog shots, allowing the Badgers to find their niche and retake control of the game. “It’s hard for a freshman goalie to come in and play Denver and Minnesota right away,” Street said. “He stayed positive through the whole thing, and he had a lot of support around him. It’s been a little tough going 0-4 but, as coach said, Curtis Joseph didn’t have a good start, and it turned out all right for him, too. I am just so happy and so proud of him.””I’m a little happier and upbeat to experience a win after the last four,” Connelly said. “It’s always more fun when you win. It just felt good as a team. We had lost four in a row and finally got some wind back. We put up seven goals tonight, and it’s a big lift for the whole team. It feels really good.”last_img read more