February 17, 2009: Goodbye Analog broadcasting

When I first heard on the news that by law the whole broadcasting nation is switching to DTV (digital TV), I worried I might have to throw my old TV away and buy a new one. DTV is not a brand new thing as many of you are already enjoying the benefits to clearer channels and improved sound. Come to find out I won’t need to recycle my TV but there are some changes that I will need to make.

The switch goes into affect on February 17, 2009 so there is plenty of time to make the necessary fixes before you could potentially lose broadcasting altogether.

You will be affected if you use an antenna and don’t pay any type of TV service combined with a TV set that operates off of an analog tuner. DTVanswers provides all the information you need to know about the switch.

The good news: Making the switch is easy. All you have to do is buy a DTV converter box for your current TV, it can be purchased at almost any store that has an electronic section. The price of a converter can range anywhere from $40-$70, but you can click here to apply for a coupon of up to $40 for a converter, limited two per household. This coupon program was put into affect by congress.

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