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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Digital TV- A Change Is In The Air

The common American household watches over 8 hours of TV per day. For a person who lives alone it is estimated to watch over 4 1/2 hours of TV per day. Americans love their TV and studies show it is not going to slow down anytime soon. So what will happen to my old TV set and will it still be working in six months?
Do I have an analog TV set and what happens six months? February 17, 2009 is the day analog TV will end. That is the day the FCC has mandated that all broadcast TV stations stop sending out over the air analog signals. So what does this mean to me who has had the same old analog set for the last 10 years? Or a number 2 or 3 analog TV set in other parts of my home. You first might be asking yourself - what is an analog TV set? And, do I have one? If you still get TV programming from rabbit ears you have an analog set. If you use cable or satellite and have what is known as 4:3 TV (the square TV shape) you most likely have an analog TV set. One way to tell if your TV set is analog, is to look and see if the TV has a hook-up for an outside antenna?
I have an analog TV set what do I do next? First I suggest you call "Sanford and Son"and have them take it away or two, you can keep your present set running with a digital set-top converter box*. The FCC is offering coupons to all Americans (limit 2 per household) to buy a new digital converter box. Below is the Announcement by the FCC how to claim your big $80 so you can keep your old analog TVs working after February 17, 2009. Read More>>