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Yeah, this seems to be getting more and more confusing. If they do succeed in changing February 17th, 2009 as the date of the official analog to digital conversion, I wonder how far they will push it? Since they've been airing so many different commercials and information discussing the conversion on 2/17/09, if they decide to postpone it they'll have to notify everyone that the date is now changing, LOL!
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Thank you, all, for the info about the boxes, channel 18.2, etc. It has been very helpful. emoticon

So we are breaking down and getting a new TV (which was needed anyway). We have Cox, and Cox has not confirmed for us that they will be carrying 18.2, or if we will have to upgrade to view it. Also, we are sometimes not home when the shows we want to see are on, and have been using the DVR for later viewing.

My question is, for a DTV ready TV, does anyone have a suggested setup to work with the cable box, but also around it for channel 18.2 and still be able to DVR cable *and* channel 18.2? Am I asking too much? :-/
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If you are in OC and with Cox cable you will be able to get several channels with Asian programmes.
 eg.. 32 and 35

I can get 473..474..475..476..477..478.

there is also a Chinese channel on 109 at times I am not sure if this is mainland or Taiwan origin.

I was hoping that I would be able to get 422 which is a Japanese channel but as of now it is closed to me. I am paying a lot already for extra service so I really don't want to have to pay more to include any more channels.

I also think that eventually we will be able to reach a lot more channels without paying extra. that is my belief and hope anyway.

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Some who have cable service have secondary TVs on which they use rabbit ear antenna (instead of their cable service) and are able to receive the sub-channels that are not included in their cable/satellite packages, such as the LA 18 sub-set of digital channels.

Then there is the matter of trying to record programming from the digital stations, such as 18.2. The converter boxes have no timing/pre-set feature to program recording. At any rate, things are still rather awkward, even if getting rid of analog TV and buying a digital one. I'm all set up with converter box so can view the stations, but I'm not going to sweat it until the dust settles a bit more.

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The transitional and termination reports will change daily/weekly depending on when the stations final switchover and analog switch-off will take place.

Digital TV Markets
    Select your city to find the Digital Channel and the Display Channel. Click on the Station's call sign to see any sub-channels available.
    * Los Angeles TV Markets

DTV Spreadsheet
    This spreadsheet includes information such as area, call sign, network, 2009 DTV channel, ERP & HAAT and more for full-service DTV stations.

Digital Transitional Reports and Analog Termination Requests

FCC Coverage Maps for All Designated Market Areas
    * Los Angeles (PDF file)

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Actually there IS a converter box that can be used with your old VCR's Timer Record function. It's the DTV Pal Plus by DISH Network. I bought mine at SEARS ($20 plus coupon), and have successfully recorded several Japanese dramas on Ch18.2 over the past 3 weeks. You have to program BOTH the converter box AND the VCR, and it's a little complicated at first, but it really works! I have posted detailed instructions last night over on the Japanese Drama Forum under the topic "Channel 18.2 UTB Hollywood launch in 2/2009 (my post is on PAGE 14 - from "Hanzotoponta"). I hope this helps anyone who wants to tape shows on a regular weekly (or daily) basis.
BEST of Luck!
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Thanks for the information, Doug! Below is a link to the post in the J-Drama Forum where you posted the detailed instructions about how to record using both the converter box and the VCR:

Channel 18.2 UTB Hollywood launch in 2/2009? (Page 14)

Thanks again!

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The day has finally arrived.... June 12th. No turning back now... ready or not.... Today's the day of the big digital switch. Good luck to all the procrastinators emoticon

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class blockquote hantaejun wrote:

The day has finally arrived.... June 12th. No turning back now... ready or not.... Today's the day of the big digital switch. Good luck to all the procrastinators emoticon
LOL yeah, today is the big day! Analog channels 18 and 44 are now officially defunct, and are replaced by their digital counterparts (18.1, 44.1, and their digital sub-channels.)
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