On Febuary 20th, 2009 most TV stations will be required to change from an analog to digital signal which will require some changes who receive a TV signal via antenna. With all of the infomercials which address this subject, it is hard to believe that some folks are still confused. According to Consumer Reports some 25% of people believe that they will need cable or satillete to watch TV after the change.
Over at the Consumerist they provided a simple to understand article which states:
Here’s what you need to know about the digital TV switch:
If you USE AN ANTENNA to watch TV and your TV is not digital you may need to buy a converter box that will make your antenna work.
You do not need to buy a HDTV. You do not need to get cable. You do not need to get digital cable. You do not need a satellite. You do not need to get an HD satellite dish. You do not need to do anything at all unless you use an antenna to watch TV on an analog TV set.
Tell a friend.
If you use an antenna to watch TV, and would like a coupon to help offset the cost of the converter box: Go to www.dtv2009.gov or call 888-388-2009.
So pass this on to family and friends that may be confused about the change to digital TV.