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In an era of dazzling battery-powered portable devices including iPods, computers and cell phones, it's hard to imagine what it's like to be unable to catch the news and entertainment anytime and anywhere we want. But millions of people who own portable televisions, including those who depend on them when they flee their homes or lose power during hurricanes and other emergencies, may soon return to the dark ages. Virtually all of the nation's 7 million battery-powered TVs receive analog signals.
I recently bought a 8.4" ATSC digital tv from a company in Newport Beach(lcddigital.tv) which operates on AC,dc and batteries they said it was certified by the West Palm Beach Public safety office. they also had a 7" ATSC model . I love the HD pictures & stereo sound. we have had fires here and it's great to have this tv handy.
There really is a way for people to quickly, easily have a portable TV even after the February digital TV switch.
The Pinnacle PCTV HD stick is frankly one of the leading units sold that turns your notebook into a portable HDTV set. And there are a number of options available --
We have used ours when stuck at the Denver airport for two hours because of weather and picked up 13 area TV stations and channel flicked between three of them rather than watch the CNN stuff on the airporat monitors. A dozen folks watched over our shoulder because they wanted something different as well.
A friend down in the Texas panhandle used his when Hurricane Ike hit.
There is an easy solution to the problem. Using either a battery operated digital converter or a ac powered converter attached to your UPS, which every home should have to keep your phone system and your cable modem running when power fails, and using a "rabbit ears" or just a 3' wire attached to the converter output it will radiate an analog signal that can be picked up by your portable TV.
most households do not have a need for a UPS. yes it would be nice when power goes out, but that is rare and in the mean time it just draws energy and wastes money.
in fact there shouldn't be a need to have too update to a digital portable TV (unless you plan to use it for non emergency use). since the gov is reclaming the analog signal for emergency broadcasts, then during an emergency they should be broadcasting TV on that analog channel so the old portable analog TV will work then. if wouldn't be hard for them at all to require TV stations to have an analog broadcast for emergency usage and regulate the channels they are alowed to use.