2-17-2009 and Your Television

February 17, 2009 is the date that Congress has set for television stations to switch their broadcasts from the old analog to the new digital format. This change allows them to deliver more channels, higher quality video and audio, as well as full high definition television signals.

Now before you run away, screaming something about buying 7 new televisions, let me talk you down a bit…

If you currently receive your television signals from a cable, satellite or telephone company provider, then you have nothing to worry about. They will cover the electronic bases allowing you to view digital television on your older analog TV.

Rabbit ears..? Oh, you mean you receive your signals from an antenna. Well, this leaves you with one of three choices come that deadline in ’09.

  • Throw out the old television and purchase a set with a built-in digital tuner.
  • Keep the analog set and purchase a digital television converter box. These will probably retail around $50 and word has it the government may discount or rebate them.
  • Keep the analog set and subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco provider as mentioned above.
Are you still feeling a little panicky? Do you still have questions regarding this swirling cloud of technological mumbo-jumbo..? I have found a pair of websites for you to take a look at that should ease your fears: