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How are you Dealing with Digital TV Transition?

October 6th, 2008 at 02:42 am

On February 17, 2009, most TV stations in the US will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves in favor of

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digital. Today I applied for a
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toward a converter box for our analog TV at our Idaho house, where we use only a set of "rabbit ears" to get reception. It is not worth it for us to pay for cable or satellite since we are there only a week or two every couple of months, and we do not want to buy a new TV. Fortunately, in CA, our TV is newer and digital so we are OK.

I am surprised at how many people say they are buying a new digital TV. This includes people I know are having financial issues as well as some who already use cable or satellite. It doesn't make sense to me unless the TV genuinely needs replacing. How are you dealing with the transition and if you have installed a converter box, is it an easy process?

11 Responses to “How are you Dealing with Digital TV Transition?”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    Its like a new cell phone- some people are so transfixed by the new technology they gotta have it. It makes the experience soooo much better for them. I can barely tell the difference myself- BB- well he's not sure how he functioned without HD TV.

  2. toyguy1963 Says:

    I'm not dealing with it. I also only have "rabbit ears" right now and I just have no intention on buying the converter box. If my TV does not work in February then I just wont watch much TV anymore. Although I do plan on someday getting cable again (maybe).

  3. disneysteve Says:

    We got limited basic cable a couple of years ago. We pay $11.30/month. So we don't have to deal with the digital conversion.

    My cousin got the conversion box. They are easy to install, just like hooking up a VCR. He said one advantage is that he now gets more channels than he did with just the antenna since some stations broadcast multiple streams digitally. For example, the local ABC affiliate, WPVI, has the regular channel 6, but also has 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 digitally. One of them has Accu-Weather all the time so you can always tune in and get the weather.

    The downside is that he isn't able to get the local PBS station in one room (where he used to get it just fine) even though it comes in fine in the other room.

    So it isn't perfect.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We got the conversion apparatus and it did make a difference in our picture. However, we too have lost our local PBS station. Our TV is in the basement, though, where reception was always bad.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    Dh has his beloved HDTV and we have cable for the other TV.

    My dh wanted to buy a $10k HDTV in 1999, by the way. So I got him to wait about 9 years and only spend $1k. Phew.

    This is a man who would not spend $10k on a car (too expensive!). LOL. But yeah, even if we hadn't entered the realm of affordable/excellent HDTV, the cable would have it covered. (Actually, we now have satellite; our cable company went under). But it also is digital I guess. That stuff is over my head, don't ask me.

  6. princessperky Says:

    avoiding and ignoring the issue.

    Since I view the TV as a waste of time (that really does waste plenty of my time) I figure I can let the govt get rid of this little addiction of mine for me.

    Though I am open to a new tv, the sound is screwy on ours. But it will be a cash purchase if it happens.

  7. Caoineag Says:

    I went and bought a cheap digital LCD TV that has been great. Didn't do it for the conversion, did it because CRT's of all kinds make my eyes feel like they have grit in them.

  8. Aleta Says:

    We bought the box about 1 month ago even though we have satellite in 2 rooms. There are times when we have lost our satellite signal due to bad weather. We got the $40 coupon and only had to pay about $21. extra for the converter box.

    We have this on a VERY old TV and cannot believe how great the picture is. Like Steve says, you can get extra channels along side of the regular channels. What is great is the weather channel. I really like it and don't know why anyone would have any objection to it. All we have is an indoor rabbit ears. Simple as that.

  9. sillyoleme Says:

    I'm doing the same as PrincessPerky... ignoring it for now.

    We have 3 TV's, and they will all need a converter box if we don't go with cable. I'm not willing to do that, so we'll probably either go with basic cable or just wait until we get a nicer living room TV.

  10. CheapCindy Says:

    I watch TV online - for free. I have several links on my blog if you are interested.

  11. Analise Says:

    ~ Cheap Cindy - I will definitely check out the free TV online.

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