Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Digital TV Transition

Tomorrow is d-day for those of us that still own analog television sets. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year then you are probably aware that the analog signals for network television stations will no longer be broadcast after tomorrow. The government had extended the deadline for this change from February to June in order to provide ample time for individuals to make the necessary adjustments needed so that they can continue to receive broadcast TV for free.

Since we have a couple analog TVs and do not have cable or a dish, our household is one of the millions of American homes affected. We sent in for our converter box coupons months ago and have been pleased with the results. We now receive close to three times as many stations as we did with the analog signals and the picture is in the crisper, digital format.
Even though this well-publicized change has been anticipated for months and the government has provided $40 coupons for the converter boxes (which usually retail in the $50-60 range), there are still close to 3 million homes (2.5% of the total TV market) that are unprepared for this change. If you're wondering if this digital conversion will affect you, here are some helpful tips:
1. If you are a cable, dish, or satellite TV subscriber then you will be unaffected.

2. If you already own a digital TV with the appropriate antenna, you should not be affected by the change.

3. If you have an analog TV and receive reception through "rabbit ears" antenna, then you will need the digital converter box.
If you have additional questions about the digital TV transition, visit the government's website here.


Anonymous said...

Hey, we're wondering if anyone else is having a "sync" problem w/ DTV. The video & audio are often out of sync now that we're on digital - & we wonder why - or if there's any easy fix. It's more than a little distracting.

scottmcrocker said...

Sometimes it takes a few seconds for the signal to come through when changing signals but the audio and video are coordinating properly on our TV. Sorry to hear you're having trouble.