DTV Media Complaint - Fraud - Advertised 20-foot Television

Review by Starlord on 2008-03-27
PINAL COUNTY FAIR -- We went to the Pinal County, AZ, fair today, and looked especially for the 20-foot television that had been advertised all week in the paper advertising what would be at the fair. I have seen huge televisions, especially at sporting events. The newspaper had a picture that I assumed was a mock-up of a truck with a TV screen on the side and rabbit ears on top. When we found the truck on the fairgrounds. I could see immediately that the 'screen' was an opening with a plastic sheet covering it, and the 'picture' was a series of large posters on rollers, being conveyed past the 'screen.' This was on both sides of the truck, with a smaller 'screen' on the back of the truck.

The '20-foot television is scheduled to go to Phoenix after the Pinal County Fair ends, to fool other people. This outfit is supposed to be letting people know about the changes that will occur in 2009, when the television broadcasters have to shut off their analog transmitters, a ruling I disagree with totally. To find out they are going to inform people about the future of television by using a fake 'television,' after advertising it as a real television, with nothing to indicate that it is anything but a real TV is nothing but fraud, so how can anyone trust anything they tell us?

Many people alive today remember when color TV came out, and the government did not force TV stations to stop broadcasting in black and white, but now they are hurting the poorer people who will have to spend a bunch of money to continue to have entertainment in the home. At least they can tell the truth.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-27
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-03-27:
from what i understand, there are coupons from the government for free converter boxes to certain persons. i would guess thse are for low income people who do not have cable.

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-27:
The coupons have a value of $40 towards the purchase of a converter box. Anyone can apply. So far I have seen only 4 different models each priced about $50-$60.
Posted by lobo65 on 2008-03-27:
I got my debit cards (that's what they are) in the mail already, but haven't gotten around to looking for converters in the stores yet.
Posted by MRM on 2008-03-27:
Lobo, you better look for a converter box as soon as possible because the coupon expires in 3 months after you have received it. I prefer to get a new tv with a built-in ATSC tuner. The converter box will just take up space.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-03-27:
Everyone seems to have locked in on my feelings of unfairness to the lesser advantaged. I am upset because they advertised a 20-foot television that would show the difference between standard TV and HDTV, as well as giving full information on the switch to digital TV. How are advertising posters on rollers going to show the difference? Their information was a spin the wheel that if the pointer stopped within a three inch space, you had your choice between a cap or a water bottle. Everyone else got a pen or a post-it note pad. Precious little information was even offered.
Posted by MRM on 2008-03-27:
The keyword is "ASTC tuner." If the tv has a built-in ASTC tuner then you are set for the future of television!

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