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February 17, 2008

The DTV2009 Transition Guide For The Uninformed: All You Need To Know About The Coming Analog-To-Digital TV Transition In 7 Days

dtv2009_converter.gifThe switch from analog to digital broadcasts will be complete in exactly one year: February 17, 2009. At that time analog signals will be switched off for good and the 13 million of you in the US that Nielsen says rely completely on analog signals need to begin preparing for the big switch now. Another 6 million of you have at least one TV in your home that relies on analog signals and if you don't want to be staring at a snowy screen come the big day, you need to prepare as well. When it comes right down to it preparation is fairly simple: you either need to purchase a digital TV, buy a converter box, or subscribe to a subscription TV service. That's it, that's all. But because the FCC hasn't done a terribly great job at informing consumers about the digital transition and even big box employees routinely hand out faulty information about the switch to questioning consumers, we figured we'd give you all the information you need here at TVSnob over the next week. So stay tuned for "The DTV2009 Transition Guide For The Uninformed".

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Posted by Justin Davey at February 17, 2008 7:32 AM

Recent Comments

I have the converter box. The wire from the end of the (indoor) antenna that I have, will not fit on the converter box connection. Is this a problem with the antenna I have or is there an adapter I need? The antenna connector fits the connector for the TV, VCR and the DVD, but not the converter box... Any help you have would be appreciated

Posted by: Debra at January 12, 2009 5:57 AM

I currently work as the Senior Information and Assistance Coordinator for Rural Resources. Rural means Rural. My clients live in areas that they do not have the internet, low income and again rural. I do not understand why those within the Social Services are not able to receive these coupons to have available for clients who are either elderly or in very very rural areas. It is diappointing that our systems make changes without remembering we have elderly and rural residents.

Posted by: Lisa Kaiser at October 29, 2008 5:47 PM

Webfoot, if the roof antennae is used for picking up analog over-the-air stations and you don't have a cable subscription then it will be useless to you. If it's for satellite you'll be okay, but over-the-air channels will either require a converter box or new TV.

Susan, are you normally able to pick up over-the-air channels. You don't have cable, correct?

Posted by: Justin at October 29, 2008 3:37 PM

If there's an big old tyme antenna up on the roof, will it stay there?


Posted by: webfoot at October 29, 2008 11:17 AM

i hooked up the converter box and cannot get a signal. i am on a fixed income can not buy anything else. i live 100 miles from the city that has the tv stations, what do i do now?

Posted by: susan at October 22, 2008 8:24 PM

I sent for my coupons so I would not get caught-up in the last minute crunch.

Why is there such a shortage on boxes ? What "idiot" put expiration dates on the coupons ?

Why was there so much pressure and tv advertisement for immediate action?

Since it has been proven that this program is a total mess what will the "fools" who decided to cause this mess do to fix it?

The USA economy is destroyed enough. Why are the working class people suppose to keep paying more and more money to keep the "rich business companies" so excessively rich?

Let's stop talking and let's get answers from the ones responsible.

Posted by: Nancy at August 22, 2008 4:34 PM

I dont have urlo

Posted by: Guillero Santos at June 27, 2008 8:09 PM
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