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HDTV, Digital TV, ATSC....Confused Yet?

HDTVUnless you are ready to throw out the old TV and buy a new one before February 17, 2009, you'll  need  to do something to continue watching your favorite television shows. That's the deadline when the FCC will make TV stations turn off the old analog channels such as channels 2,4,5,9,11.   This will make our older TVs and VCRs obsolete unless we do something soon.

 The easiest solution would be to get a converter box. These converter boxes are basically a Digital Tuner (ATSC tuner) that you hook up to your existing VCR or TV. This will allow you to watch

 Unless you are ready to throw out the old TV and buy a new one before February 17, 2009, you'll  need  to do something to continue watching your favorite television shows. That's the deadline when the FCC will make TV stations turn off the old analog channels such as channels 2,4,5,9,11.   This will make our older TVs and VCRs obsolete unless we do something soon.

 The easiest solution would be to get a converter box. These converter boxes are basically a Digital Tuner (ATSC tuner) that you hook up to your existing VCR or TV. This will allow you to watch and record over-the-air broadcasts after the cutoff date and without replacing your existing TV.

 By hooking up a converter box, you won't be using your built-in TV or VCR tuner any more. 

 When buying a new TV or VCR or DVD recorder, make sure it has an ATSC tuner, which will be able to tune in the new digital channels.

 This FCC ruling doesn't affect cable or satellite. If you have either, you don't need to change anything.  You are set to go.

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