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Transition to Digital TV

After years of delays, the nation's full-power television stations are facing a deadline of Feb. 17, 2009, to switch from traditional analog broadcasting to all-digital. Are broadcasters and viewers ready for the switch?


Background

Digital Converter Boxes Rated
With the upcoming broadcast conversion from analog to digital on February 17, 2009, people are wondering which digital converter box they should buy (if they get reception via an antenna now). Consumer Reports just tested 14 different models, and says that only four of them with brand names you never heard of, deliver near DVD quality pictures.

Transition to Digital TV
CQ Researcher
June 20,2008
After years of delays, the nation's full-power television stations are facing a deadline of Feb. 17, 2009, to switch from traditional analog broadcasting to all-digital. Digital TV promises viewers better-quality pictures and sound.

How Digital TV Works
Unless you are among the people in the United States who have purchased a DTV set, what you have in your living room is a normal analog TV that seems to be working just fine despite all the hype. Most people, faced with this level of product proliferation, can only ask, "What the heck is going on here?!"

DTV Answers
While the benefits of DTV are remarkable, millions of households risk losing television reception unless they take the easy steps to receive a digital signal. We're here to help you make a smooth transition.

The Digital TV Transition: What you need to know
FCC (Federal Communications Commision) website that helps you find out more about whether or not you will be impacted by the digital TV (DTV) transition.

HDTV Questions? We've got the anwers*
Springfield News-Leader
December 11, 2007
The air goes dead to your analog set in 2009. After that, the only broadcast pictures you'll be getting will be in HD. Sure, standard definition signals will continue via satellite and cable, but expect falling HDTV prices and broad adoption to slowly push them away. The days of standard-def are numbered.

Thinking about buying a new television?
The days of direct-view TVs and HDTVs are rapidly drawing to a close. Most manufacturers have stopped making this type of television altogether, concentrating instead on LCD and plasma technologies These reviews may help you make the switch.

Issues

Cultural divide needs bridging as TV goes digital.*
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2008
The cable and consumer electronics industry is spending more than $1 billion to make sure that TV-watching Americans know they have until February to prepare their sets to receive a digital signal.

Many TV Viewers Unprepared For Switch*
Washington Post
June 11, 2008
Nearly half of the households that could lose television service after the transition to digital broadcasting are still unprepared for the switch, according to a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office

Navigating the Digital Switchover*
PC Magazine
June 2008
Tom Wheeler, a former cable television executive. Wheeler talks about digital television switchover's impact on consumers. He says that consumers need to know that the switchover is going to affect their relationship with their television sets.


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