Viewers will find the new channels
I was watching the County Council meeting on TV a couple of days ago. One of the more interesting topics was a resolution opposing the change of public, education and governmental programming channel numbers by Spectrum cable company. Evidently later this year all channels will be changing over to digital numbers.
Three of the speakers who spoke against this change were Dickie Chang of Walaau, someone from Hoike, and someone from Story Book Theater. All three speakers warned that if this change takes place, local TV is doomed for failure because they will be swallowed up amidst all the digital cable channels and no one will be able to find them. I must say that I have a lot more faith in the people of Kauai. If we really want to watch Hoike or another local channel, I believe we will be smart enough to find them.
Let’s take Hoike as an example. I am sure that before the change takes place, they will be notified by Spectrum what their new channel number will be. All they have to do is, up until the actual change takes place, run a small banner on the bottom of the screen listing the new channel number and the effective date.
People watching Hoike can write that number down. OK, let’s say we miss the banner and don’t know the new channel number. Spectrum has an online guide that list all the channels. Finally, let’s say the online guide has so many channels listed and is so confusing we just can’t figure it out. What can we do? How about we pick up the phone and call Hoike and ask them what channel they are on? Kauai citizens are pretty smart. One way or another, we will find you.
Now, that being said, I am still opposed to this change. My reason for opposing the change is strictly financial. The new all digital system will require a converter box on every TV in order to get the channels. This is going to be a financial hardship for many of us. I personally have five TVs in my house and certainly cannot afford to pay for five converter boxes.
Spectrum should leave things just as they are now. Currently we have a choice. If we want to receive all the digital channels, we can get the box. Or we can choose not to have the box and just get the analog channels. Or we can do both, putting a digital box on our main TV and not on our other TVs. We should have the choice.