Digital TV transition 6/12/09 – are you ready?


Are you ready for the transition? If you are currently using cable, you shouldn’t be affected, but you may want to read about how we canceled our cable service and now receive free digital broadcast TV.

If you have already purchased a digital converter box or are using a newer HDTV with a built in tuner to receive free digital broadcasts, you should be in good shape.

If you are still using rabbit ears or a roof mounted antenna to receive traditional (analog) TV, here are some suggestions…

Apply for one or more $40 government coupons. The good news is that there is no longer a waiting list and the Commerce Department has recently reported that they expect to have enough funds to provide vouchers until July 31st.   If you don’t have a HDTV, you will need one for each TV in your house.  There is a limit of two coupons.

It may take several weeks until you receive your coupon. If you are in a rush, or have more than two TVs, here are several different converters we found which are available for next day delivery.

In the meantime, if you have a broadband connection, you can watch many shows for free over the Internet.   For a detailed list of shows, check out of ShowFinder tool.

One thought on “Digital TV transition 6/12/09 – are you ready?

  1. After almost a year of over the air digital television I have learned that the antenna on the roof does make a differance. Positioning and adjustment is also very important. The picture is almost as good as before. There is image artifact shifting, but it’s nothing that can’t be tollerated. The biggest problem is trying to tape a show and image freezing.

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