Changing over to digital televison..Buying a new box receiver???

@stephcjh (32327)
United States
February 25, 2008 12:32am CST
Hi. Before too long all channels will be digital. Are you going to buy a new digital box when they are available or will you buy a new TV? I sent off for two coupons for the digital box but I am not really planning on using them because I realised it would be cheaper to just buy a new TV. Our big screen is already set up for the digital programming but a couple of my televisions are not, but they are not worth buying the box for. I think I will buy new televisions eventually and do away with a box because our old televisions are not worth the price it will cost for the box. How about you?
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• United States
25 Feb 08
neither of our 2 tv's will get the digital signal..so i was planning on getting the coupons. but they expire like 90 days after issue and im not ready to spend the money anytime soon. and we figure that in a year we will probably need/want a new tv anyways. i went to some sites to see what the prices are like for the converter thing. only one place so far is selling them (that i found at least) thats Radio Shack and guess how much they want? $69.99! yup..1 cent short of what the DTV.com says the maximum price will be! of course...i shouldnt have expected anything less right? maybe closer to the switch over date Wal-Mart will start selling them for much cheaper and with the coupon i can get the box for $10!! lol now that wouldnt be too bad at all!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Yes. the coupons expire in 90 days but they said there was a limited amount of them to be issued so I made sure to put in for some regardless of whether or not I use them. The coupons themselves are supposed to be for $40.00 off of the box itself so it must be expensive. that is why I would just buy a new television instead if I had to. that way I would have a warranty for it since the old tv's will no longer be of much use. $10.00 wouldn't be bad for it though. I just got the coupons because they said they are limited to two per household and they only have so many to issue or hand out.
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• Singapore
25 Feb 08
Well for us here, it all comes with the plan. I am already on digital for quite some time and I don't recall having to pay for the box.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I don't have a plan. I only have basic television channels for local stations only. I have digital on my big screen tv though so I am ok with it, but I have two other televisions that are not digital ready and they will have to have the converter box or I will buy new tv's. I would rather buy new tv's when the time comes though because the old tv's won't be of much use and i don't want to have to have a bunch of things hooked up just to make them work. I can get some warranty with a new tv too. My other two tv's need replaced anyway so I won't buy a converter for those. I know if you have cable service or satellite, you do not have to have a converter box because you are already digital ready. I'm glad my big screen tv is. that would suck to have to replace that or buy a converter for. We just bopught it last year is why I say that.
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• Singapore
25 Feb 08
Ah... I see what you mean. Only the big TV in my living room is on digital too. The rest elsewhere in the house are ancient models. When over here decides to go completely digital meaning I can't receive channels on my old TVs anymore, well, I guess it is replace or suck thumb.:P
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
25 Feb 08
I certainly think you should have compensation for your loss there too many of these innovations seem to cost, i wonder why?
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• United States
29 Feb 08
I haven't actually thought about but must of my TVs are on digital cable anyway. Plus I figured I have a year to decide and/or save $$$ for a new TV anyway. This doesn't go into effect until Feb. 2009. By that time I either have all my TVs updated and/or on cable or satellite tv.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
29 Feb 08
I know what you mean. I don't have cable or anything like that but my nig screen tv is didital ready. I will replace my other two small tv's because we need new ones anyway. I won't buy the converter boxes. It will be a waste because all tv's now have digital capabilities sothe converter box won't be needed for new tv's.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
26 Feb 08
i don't really understand much about it, but it is not coming to canada before 2011 anyway. what is up with this?
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
It is going to happen in the United States in 2009. They say it is alot cheaper to run digital waves than radio waves from what I understand but it is always at the consumers expense when they make these changes.
@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
25 Feb 08
When will this take into effect? I am not prepared yet. I guess I have to buy new TV's when the time comes and discard the old televisions!
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
It will go into effect about a year from now. They are already issuing the coupons for the converter box if you request it. The coupons are for $40.00 off each box with a limit of two per household. If you look at your tv manual and it says it is set up to receive digital then you have no worries but if not you will need the converter box or a new tv.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I will buy a new Television. Anything to make the poor spend money they don't have. I have 4 TVs I'd have to replace.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Yes. Isn't that the truth. It saves the government money but not us in the long run. The government is giving out the coupons if you request them but there is a limit of two per household which isn't fair to those who have more than two tv's. The converter box is about $60.00 and they give you $40.00 off. Our big screen id set up for digital but my other tv's aren't so they will get replaced because I am not buying the converter box and still not have a warranty on the tv's I already have and they may not be able to be repaired because all stores are only selling digital ready tv's now.
@KKKBsmom (1093)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I also ordered two of the coupons for the box... I really don't understand what is going on with this whole digital thing.... We have five tv's in our house... of cours only two of them are hooked up to the antennna... so does that mean that the others will be okay and can still do what we do with them? will we only have to replace two tv's or get two boxes? How much do you think the boxes will be???
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I oredered the coupons but haven't received them yet. They say as long as your television is digital capable, then you will not need the converter. Our big screen was bought last year and it has the capabilities for digital os we are safe on that one. My daughter's tv is not ready for digital so she will need the converter or a new tv. I will get her a new tv because hers is old anyway. Someone said the boxes are $60.00 but the government gives us $40.00 off with a limit of two per household which isn't fair because some people have more than two tv's.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
25 Feb 08
All of my tv's are hooked up to cable to I won't need the digital box you only need them if you are running off an antenna. My mother in law will have to get one as she does not have cable. The digital boxes are only $49.98 at my local Walmart so I think it would be cheaper than buying a new tv for her.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
That is great. We don't have cable but my big screen tv already has digital. My other tv for my daughter doesn't have it but I won't buy a converter box. I will buy her a new tv because hers is old anyway. The goverment is giving out $40.00 coupons off of the converter, but my daughters tv is old and she needs a new one anyway. I just don't want to have to worry about hooking more things up to the tv. We already have a playstation, vcr and a DVD player hooked to it, is why.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I am not going to bother buying a box. We always have cable TV with a box, so this won't affect us.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
That is a good thing. We don't have cable. We rent movies through Netflix and we only have the basic channels. I won't buy the converter box. I will buy a new television. We have a big screen television now that is already digital capable but my daughter will have to have a new tv because she has an older one anyway.
@aretha (2538)
• United States
25 Feb 08
well i haven't really thought about it to much but the hubby has. we just got a digital tv for our livingroom and it looks nice and all but i don't care for it a lot. i like my old one better. we will probly replace the one in our room and give my oldest our tv and then give his to our middle son. my oldest don't do much with his. if a friend is over they might watch a movie or play a game but thats it. so i don't think it would worth buying all new tv's. not for the kids rooms. i haven't seen the price of the boxes so i am not sure but i know the tv in our room is forever old. i think changing it all to digital is just another way for them to get more money from us. money most of us can't afford.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I know what you mean. The government is givng out $40.00 off coupons for these converter boxes so they must be expensive. I will have to buy my daughter a new tv since hers is old anyway. I am glad our new big screen is digital ready though because we just bought it last year. I ccan't afford it right now either. I am glad we still have a year before it happens.
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
25 Feb 08
Hi steph, I will buy a new television instead of the box. Over here in Europe it will still take a least a year until we are all more or less obliged to buy the digital box or a new TV. I´m waiting until the last moment because prices will decrease for LCD screen televisions and then buy one. Like you, I think the box is not worth the money.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Hi dana. It will take about another year here also. I am going to wait to buy new tv's too. I hope the price does drop on the flat panel televisions. Our old tv's will be out of date and it will be time for the new. Thank God my big screen is already set up for digital.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
25 Feb 08
It was the threat of this that drove me to get my sky dish and 500 chanels, i wouldnt be without it now but i do think people should be compensated for their old telivisions blessed be
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I think we should be compensates somehow also but the best they are doing for us is offerinf a coupon for some money off on the receiver to make the old televisions work. They also suggest for us to get some kind of satellite or cable hookup also to do away with the converter box. We used to have Direct TV but we did away with that and rent movies through Netflix now to do away with the bill. Thank God my big screen tv is already digital capable. We just bought it last year.
@Umbra75 (56)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I already know I wont have the money to buy a new television, so I'll have to get the converter. I'm just hoping that, if it needs to be plugged in, I can get one that has an outlet installed directly into it; so I can plug the tv into the converter, then the converter into the wall. Sort-of like a multi-tasking extension cord. As it is, my vcr, dvd player, dvd converter, television and a lamp are sharing time on only two outlets. I don't have enough room or extension cords for just another "thing" that needs power.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I know what you mean. I'm not really sure if I will have the money to buy a new tv either, but if I do, I will buy the tv and not the converter box. I have alot of things plugged into my outlet also but I bought a multiplug thing that you can plug up to 6 things at one time. That may be something you might want to get also. All you have to do is by the six plug out let and plug it directly into your eactric outlet and you can use it for many things and still have one outlet free if it is a double outlet.
• United States
28 Feb 08
Appreciate the idea, but I've already tried it. That's how I found out that the lower outlet is for three-pronged things (grounded), but the outlet on top isn't (the builders of my apartment building weren't very keen on making things simple). The most I've been able to do is get a 3-way, 3 pronge outlet/converter for the bottom one, and a 3-way, 2 pronge outlet/converter for the bottom. They work, but they stil take up a lot of space, and I still ave to becareful of what I'm using, when. I don't want the outlets to overload. Still have the 6-way converter in my closet somewhere. Hopfully I'll either be able to use it, or not need it, the next time I move.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
29 Feb 08
Oh. Ok. Your welocme. I'm sorry your elwctric outlets are like that. I would hate that. I hope you get it all figured out. Good luck.
• United States
23 Mar 08
i'm not buying a new tv until i have to. we have cable,and according to them,we're all set.. but i do have an older one i'm gonna have to get a box for.it's just a spare kitchen one. i can see their point for switching over,but.. it's one more thing,y'know.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Yes. It seems to always be something these days with technology. We can barely afford to keep up with it with the high cost of things. We don't have cable but our big screen is gidital ready but my other two televisions aren't. I will replace those two tv's. I won't waste money on the boxes.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I guess it depends on how much they cost. Right now we only have one tv that would have to have a box but we are planning on buying a tv for my daughter for her birthday in July so I guess we need to look for a digital tv for her so we won't need a box for her tv.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yes. I heard the converter box is $60.00. I also heard that all of the stores are only selling tv's now that have digital capabilities. I would buy a new tv also instead of spending $60.00 on an out of date tv for the converter box because eventually the tv will need replaced anyway and then you will still have that $60.00 bow you no longer need.
@mummymo (23707)
26 Feb 08
Well we have freeview boxes plugged into all our tvs and they are fine for receiving digital now and after the changeover! They are really financially viable too as they only cost a one off payment of £20/25! I couldn't afford to buy new tvs sp these are wonderful! xxx
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yes. That is an option also. I just hate to buy a converter box for a tv that may not still be covered under warranty especially since they will not be selling that kind in the stores any longer since they are only selling digital now.
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
26 Feb 08
well i think mas time goes on a time comes when you feel you need a change while for some they just want to be in vogue the most important thing is can one afford it i have been a tch freak only to discover that tey are expensive when they are new in the market but soon the prices go down in no long time so i will wait for when the prices are down
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yes. i know what you mean. The changes are supposed to happen in 2009 and if you do not have or buy a new tv or the converter box that has digital capability, then you will not be able to pick up any local channels unless you are subscribed to a cable television network.