Japan goes digital after turning off analogue TV

Consumers walk by a sign informing customers that two days remain before the country will end analog broadcasts
Consumers jam a section of an electronics shop selling televisions with a sign informing customers that two days remain before the country will end analog broadcasts, in central Tokyo on July 22. Japan shifted to digital terrestrial broadcasting, switching off its analogue television network in all areas except those worst hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said.

Japan on Sunday shifted to digital terrestrial broadcasting, switching off its analogue television network in all areas except those worst hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said.

Japanese broadcasters ended analogue transmission across most of the country at noon (0900 GMT) after 58 years. No major problems among viewers were immediately reported.

As of the end of June, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry believed at least 290,000 households were still not ready to receive , Jiji Press said.

The Japanese government has postponed the move to digital in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and until the end of March next year due to damage from the earthquake and tsunami.


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Jul 25, 2011
Government hacks of all stripes will tell the Japanese public that this is done to give more 'bandwidth' to cell fone companies. Don't believe it! We are not alone in the universe and governments all over the world know it! That is why major shopping centers all over the world are lit in yellow light that looks like the primitive firelight of pre-industrial societies when the planet is viewed from space....or volcanoes. And that is why powerful analog signals are now being banned.. And that is why a powerful radio telescope is secretly being built on a mountaintop in Mexico that is designed to listen with great sensitivity to a particular location in deep space. We know E.T. is out there, and from our actions the 'old men and military commanders' of this world know he is no teddy bear like 'E.T.'! They are afraid of him!! Our signals have been going out at the speed of light for a hundred hears. Someone nearby has warned us against someone else ...'further out'!

Jul 25, 2011
Although I'd agree that ETs are out there, their contact with us would most likely not be affected by lights from shopping centres and analog signals.

If they are here to observe us, I'd think they'd be wayyyyyyyyyyy past analog signals and light speed limitations.

When in doubt I call upon Star Trek :P, their prime directive prohibits them from interfering with our "naturual" destruction unless we are going to annihilate ourselves tomorrow.

I'd wager they'd completely ignore us until as a planet we acknowledge their possible existance or we are about to blow ourselves up. At least that's what I'm hoping, the alternative is just shit, aka that magical flying teapot around Saturn.

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