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Did You Get a New TV for Christmas?

If you didn’t get a new TV for Christmas, and you’re still using that ol’ relic from the 80’s or 90’s, you should read this.  And you might want to check out the After-Christmas sales to see if there are any good buys on televisions.

TV announcementEffective February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power TV stations broadcast only in digital format.  Since your old TV uses analog format… well, you will be unable to watch TV after that date without a digital-to-analog set-top converter box.

Why?  It seems that public safety communication (police, fire, and emergency rescue) is less efficient than it could be, and this change will free up analog frequencies for that purpose.  And frankly, digital transmission offers better picture and sound quality to consumers.

Comcast Cable users can visit the Comcast website for more information about how this change will affect them.

Verizon Fios TV users can visit the Verizon Fios website, but I could not find anything there about the conversion.  If you see the information there, let me know so I can edit this post and add the correct link.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has the most comprehensive information I could find about this topic, so visit the FCC website for answers to questions like these:

DTVAnswers is another website with lots of information about this topic.

We still have two old televisions, and we’re watching the after Christmas sales for a new TV.

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