Digital Television Is On Its Way
Are You Ready For Digital Television?
In case you hadn't noticed, a digital television revolution is on its way. You can ignore it if you want, but it's coming whether you're ready for it or not. That being said, if you're not ready for it, you're going to be in for an unpleasant surprise...
Digital Television 101
Each and every day there are two different signals being sent out to the televisions of the world -- an analog signal and a digital signal. If you're using an old-fashioned antenna television, you use the analog signal to get your shows. Pretty soon, that's going to be a problem...
On February 17, 2009 local channel providers will be shutting down their analog signals and will only be broadcasting digital television signals. What does this mean to you? If you plan on watching TV with your standard analog television and you use an antennae to get a signal, you're not going to be able to do it.
Fortunately, there's a solution...
The Digital Converter Box
To address public concerns about the switch to digital television, many companies have created digital converter boxes. These converters are available at most electronics retailers and range in price from about $40 to $70.
The units attach to your standard TV and they convert digital signals into data that your analog TV can understand. By using one of these devices you can continue watching all of your local channels with better picture and improved sound quality, and you won't have to pay for a digital cable package to do it.
One Last Thing
If you aren't opposed to signing up for digital cable, you can always call your local cable company for service. The problem is, digital cable is going to cost you each and every month. A converter box is a one-time purchase.
When it comes down to it, a digital converter box is probably your best bet for surviving the digital television revolution if you don't want to cave in and pay the cable company on a regular basis.