- Purchase a DTV converter box that will convert the digital signal into analog for an existing television set
- Purchase a new television set with a built-in digital tuner; or
- Subscribe to cable, satellite or a telephone company television service provider if all desired local broadcast stations are carried by that service.
The DTV converter box, also referred to as a set-top box, is an electronic device that makes the new digital signal viewable on an older “analog” television set. You will still need an over-the-air antenna in addition to the box. DTV converter boxes will be available for purchase in early 2008, and are expected to cost between $40 and $70. To help consumers cover the cost of the converter box, the federal government will offer up to two converter box coupons valued at $40 each to households beginning in early 2008. Each coupon may be used toward the purchase of a single DTV converter box and the coupon program will be administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ and also at http://www.dtv2009.gov/. With new TVs with the built-in digital converter, you will also still need an over-the-air antenna to pick up free digital broadcasting from local stations. No additional equipment is required if you decide to use paid TV such as Dish and cable.
"DTV is socialist," said Amy when asked her opinion on DTV. Allison said, "I think it's really dumb."
Hopefully this has been helpful for you with making the switch. It may seem complicated with all of the options and the rush. The switch really is simple when you break it down, it's just getting there that is the problem. Good luck. Remember February 17, 2009 is the day!