Now that the digital is coming in, what do you do with your old tv

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
April 17, 2008 2:21pm CST
All right, we already have an HDtV in our living room, nice and wide, and I do not have to worry about not seeing it. We also have two Tvs, one that we had before we got this one, a large screen, and another our younger son left behind. We hooked up the smaller one, but I figured it was a waste of time since I would rather see it wide screen rather than a smaller screen, besides we did not pay for two digital connections, just one. We were going to give the large older Tv to our older son, but with digital coming in, we have no idea what to do. So when digital comes in and analogue Tv goes out, what are you going to do with your old tv or are you going to buy a conversion box?
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@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
17 Apr 08
My tvs should all be good I guess. Thats what my hubby says but I got the coupons for the conversion box just in case. My big screen is HD so im not too worried.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
We are not worried either. We have HD and digital cable and for those who do not, our cable company is selling the conversion boxes for around $60. So we are all right. I guess the people who are worried are those who just wanted to watch local channels and had rabbit ears or the kind that just rents dvds and watches them on the tv screen. I wonder what the people in the mountains will do, they do not get that good a connection because the mountains are in the way.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
17 Apr 08
We got a very good deal on an analog TV a couple months ago. We have it hooked up to a cable box and I'm thinking the cable company here will have something in the works that converts the signals for us. Someone correct me if I'm wrong! I may save a TV for video gaming or for watching movies on the DVD player in the bedroom. I may buy the conversion box for it too if I end up having to need it. When the prices go down a little, we'll get the HD. My husband is yearning for a nice big flat screen, but he'll have to dream on for awhile.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
They will offer conversion boxes. I remember when we had to switch to cable and they gave everyone a converter box. Then the tvs that had 99 channels came in. After that, that was not much, and they started to have more then 300 channels and they came in. It seems that something new is coming in and you cannot keep up.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
17 Apr 08
The television that I now have was bought as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend in 1996. It has lasted a long time. But right now, I do not watch much television at all. So I do not have any idea of what I am going to do. I may just buy a new one and junk this one.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
If your television set is crap, I would say go ahead and buy a new one. If you buy the conversion unit and the Tv set is too old, the Tv set might run out. I guess if it lasted ten years, that you might not get parts. I guess you will have to wait and see.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
1 Jun 08
It is very hard for me to decide. I rarely ever turn my television on at all. I would hate to spend money on something that I do not even use. Just today, there was a breaking news item that I wanted to watch on t.v. Rather than fuss with mine, I just ran up to watch my friend's television. Mine is not crap, it works just fine. There is just nothing on there that I want to watch. I wish there was a place to sale my old t.v. I do not want to just throw it out.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 Jun 08
What people do here is to give it to Value Village, that is Canada's nationwide second hand store that supports The Diabetic society and some other charities. But i see what you mean, I do not like giving away things for free, because we usually had to work hard to get it. You could buy a digital converter for it, until you decide if you need to get a new one. If all you use it is for watching the local news, or watching dvds, there is no sense in buying an expensive model.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I must be very far behind on times ,because I just saw a commercial about a conversion box that you could buy, and I didn't have a clue what they were talking about. Now I read this discussion and I don't know what to think about all of this, Does this mean I can't watch TV anymore unless I buy this conversion box or a new TV? I don't think this is fair to force us to do this. I am not a happy camper right now, about this.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
If you use an antenna to get your stations, you'll need to get a new one that picks up digital signals (there are ways to get one for free or really cheap from the government). You may also need a convertor box to interpret the signal for your TV (if the new antenna doesn't convert as well), although many TVs built in the last 8 years have a digital tuner in them already, you just need to choose it in the set-up. If you have regular cable, then you are probably fine with what you have, as most cable providers will convert the digital signal to analog for you before sending the signal to your house. Check your companies web site for information. And if you have satalite or digital cable already, then you are all set because you have been getting digital signals already. Hope this helps.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
Yes, thank you for the help to undestand this. I have cable TV so I shouldn't have a problem with getting a signal.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
It is the ones who just use antenna Tv and do not have cable, that will have the problem, the ones that live out in the country or in the mountains and the ones that do not watch much Tv besides the news or documentaries. You know, the kind that when everyone else was getting cable tv, decided on keeping their old tv with the antenna and could fix the tv themselves. They will have to get a conversion box. You can go down to Shaw or Rogers and buy one there.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
I already got one converter box about a month ago and will be getting my second box pretty soon. It was not expensive at all with the coupon that they gave me. I think I'm going to wait until I get a better antenna to use it. I wasn't picking up all the local stations when I got it all together. So, as soon as I am able to afford it, I'm picking up an amplified antenna and my second box really soon.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
I thought that once you got the conversion box, you could get rid of the antenna. I did not like the antennas when we had it. I felt sometimes I had to stand on a chair and attach a coat wire and hold it to the antenna to get a better reception. It was kind of frustrating.
• United States
1 Jun 08
If you needed an antenna to get a signal before, then you still need it even when you get a converter box. The converter box is only for changing the digital signal into analog so that your older TV can pick it up. The signal is still over-the-air, but will be in a digital format instead of an analog one.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
I have cable TV so I do not have to do anything as I will be able to get digital reception through Comcast.
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@loveart (54)
17 Apr 08
i'd probally look at getting a conversion box. it sounds more inexpensive then getting a new tv.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
I would say for those who hardly watch tv, a conversion box is best. Even if the prices of Tvs come down, $800 might seem a bit steep for those who only watch the news and CBC. And some of the programs are so bad that I would not watch them. In fact, we got the whole tiers because when you do that, you get the really good programs.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
The television industry has people panicking over something that for many people is not going to happen. If you have cable or satellite, the chances are you will not need to do anything to your tv. The providers will decode the signals at your cable or satellite company. The only people who really have to worry are the people who are getting free air signals, for example from an antenna, which is not a very large percentage of people who watch tv. Your old tv will still work, but you just won't get the HD picture, you will see the same quality of picture you have right now until you actually get a new HD tv. Think about this. Some people are old enough to remember watching antenna tv all the time, dealing with "snow" and static and low signal strength. To those of us who remember that, the quality of satellite and even cable is amazing. Upgrading to digital and HD tv is going to be like spoiling a child who already has wonderful toys. Today's society is like a whole population of spoiled children. We have toys and gadgets and technology coming out our ears. Therefore, we automatically react like spoiled children when the "industry" tells us there will be a change that requires new equipment. You know, there are still a lot of Internet providers out there who sell dial-up. In our rural area, there are some towns that don't even have high speed access. Wow, let's feel sorry for these poor deprived souls. Remember when the world worried more about unfed children?
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 08
True..We made the switch from vinyl to cassette to CD..and Vinyl still hasn't gone away..Also VHS to DVD and into the HD DVD clash..they got us eating out of their hands with their product upgrades and go faster stripes.. We have made improvements,but the improvements have come with their own niggles-my satellite dish vibrates and goes slightly off track when it's windy,and the signal is lost momentarily..I was looking at the big Flatscreen TV in a Bar tonight,and could see where the screen had "Burned" from whatever programming they used on it..
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Apr 08
I always thought that television like radio was a tool, not a toy. I remember the antennas. I lived in Vancouver but we were lucky, by moving the antenna a certain way, we could get Seattle. I am of the opinion that if you regard the television as a toy for spoiled children, it should you that gets rid of it, not us and by the way, if you regard an electronic gadgets that also includes that mixmaster, and any thing in the house that runs on electricity, the washing machine and dryer, and the microwave, you should get rid of them as well. Oh that means no more computer and no more mylotting. Ah next time you start berating us, remember there is always a price to pay. The tv industry is warning the people who live in outlying areas and have antennas or the people who just wanted to watch local stations and had a vhs or dvd to watch movies. They think they will still be able to watch the local stations, but they will not be able to. I remember when we firsts out all those extra stations, and we had to use a cable box until we go those new TV sets (after our picture turned green.) Oh we do not have to worry, and we will not switch back to dial-up. So there!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
18 Apr 08
I wasn't berating anyone and I totally include myself in the group that is spoiled. If you don't think you are spoiled then go ahead and just get rid of the tv, radio, computer, and electrical appliances. Have you ever mixed recipes by hand? Cooked on a wood stove? Played board games on a board instead of on the computer? Typed or handwritten a school report? I have done all those things. Our satellite TV and our cable have gone out from time to time, our internet, and our automobile, as well as our general household supply of electricity have all gone out frequently in my lifetime. It totally steams me when my husband and my kids complain because they can't watch tv or can't use the computer. I mean, GROW UP! We functioned for years without this stuff, we can do it for a few days or hours because of an outage. I know no one believes it, but I could go without tv or computer. I love to read and write (and I know how to use a pen). I love to cook and I seldom use electrical appliances like mixers or blenders except once in a great while. I know how to use a wire whisk and I think it does a great job. I can cook a full meal on a wood fire. I know how to thaw frozen food without a microwave. These are skills that many people don't have these days. I am as spoiled as anyone, but I know I am capable of living without. Maybe you can, too. I am sure anyone willing to try can do it. I never said I was better than anyone, and I know for sure that I am not, in fact. If you feel berated maybe the self esteem problem is not mine.
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
17 Apr 08
Our old TV broke down and we couldn't get it repaired because the needed spare part is already phased out. We had no choice but to buy a new one and the old one is just sitting in the garage gathering dust.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
Our old Tv sets had that strange green glow and everyone looked as if they came from Mars and we went through so many. Then we got a large screen Tv and a few years later, the HD tVS came out, so as soon as they went down in price we got one, but we have digital cable so we do not have to get those converters.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
We don't have to worry about it. If you have cable or satellite television, the digital converter is already installed, same with if you have a VCR or DVD player hooked up to the TV. So if your son has one of these two, you don't have to worry about getting him a digital converter.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
He has cable tv, so it is all right. I do have friends though who just have the Tv with the antenna and when they want to watch a movie, they rent it from Blockbuster. And some of their Tvs are so old, it is a wonder they work.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
We have regular TVs and regular cable service (as opposed to digital cable). Our company, Cox, will be "down-converting" the digital signals for those with regular cable service for at least three years after the switch. That means that we don't have to change anything for now, no converter box, or new TVs necessary, nor do we have to switch to the more expensive digital cable package.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
I guess that will work, because where we live, the best programs are usually on the third tiers. We get basic cable, digital cable, and the speciality channels and then the high definition. You can get a converter box, but I gather in three years, you will have to get digital and you can better programs then.
• United States
5 Jun 08
That's the thing, I don't watch a lot of TV, so the channels on the regular cable package are more than enough for me. I'm hoping that, after the three years are up, they will still offer the differnt channel packages for different costs, even though they are all digital. That way I can still get one of the cheaper packages. I just can't justify paying what they currently charge for the digital package now. I'd sooner go buy a digital antenna and go without the specialty channels (though I would terribly miss SciFi, and HGTV).
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Jun 08
We do not get Sci Fi here in Canada unless we go back to our big dish. And then I have no idea whether the evil mean CRTC will allow us to get any stations. It was in analogue, and I have no idea whether that can be changed to digital. The only way is it only shows the same stations we have here. We do find that there are some programs that cost, now being put on the regular basic package - I guess because the cable companies got paid for those extra cables they put in.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
19 Apr 08
already on digital on all 4 tvs so think we are set
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
We just have one Tv, unless you are counting that one our younger son left behind. My husband attached it to the cable and put it in the closet in the spare bedroom that already has a bed plus the mattresses from our old bed as if I am going to watch it when I can sit in the living room and watch the show on wide screen and in High definition at that.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I dont think so! and thats a heck of a place to put it after hooking it back up
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Jun 08
I think that is his Mennonite Low German background kicking in. He is what is called penny wise and pound foolish. Well no one is going to watch it anyway, and why should we when there is a perfectly nice high definition screen in the front room. And if we want an extra one, the smaller high definition tvs are coming down in price, so maybe at Christmas when we get our new blu-ray player, I might buy one.
@abroji (3247)
• India
4 Jun 08
We still have the old analogue TV in our home. However I watch TV in my computer deploying Pinnacle PCTV. Even if I switch to digital TV I will keep my analogue one as an antique. That is what I did with my old valve type radio, b&w TV, winding mechanical clock and a gramophone. I don't collect such things, but keep the ones I owned.
• United States
4 Jun 08
I'll just get the converter if I need it, but I don't think I will coz I've got Direct TV.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
i have comcast so im not gonna worry because when it comes to comcast,dont worry they have ur back.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
That sounds like Shaw up here in Canada. We have the whole three, cable, internet, and digital phone. And we also have digital Tv so we do not have to worry about anything. Too bad we cannot afford to watch all the channels they offer. Maybe they will put some more on for free.
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
1 Jun 08
We have three analog TVs and they're all hooked to cable. However we have a few that aren't hooked to cable. The cable company signal makes sure that they analog TVs can still receive cannels. I bought two converter boxes with the DTV government program ($40 coupons). My grandparents gave me theirs to buy them. Well, they will come in handy because some of the TVs aren't hooked to cable and we can get the TV there. It will be interesting, I think. So we will have some converter boxes on hand to make sure they can receive the analog TV (free TV). Have a nice day. Pablo
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
Glad to head that you are well prepared. We got digital cable so we have no problem and we have only one tv that we use. The other large screen tv is down in the basement and we plan to give it to one of our sons and the small one belongs to our yonunger one and it is an analogue tv, So we are waiting for him to pick it up.
@nitesh512 (153)
• Nepal
25 Apr 08
ya, get rid of it. it is as simple as that. why keep it when you have a HDTV. you are better of without it.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
So hard to see that small screen anyway. I love our HDTV. I wish that they were the same size that they were in the movie theaters, but they could not think of anything. Why don't they think of expandable and contractible tv screens that increase or decrease from all sides so you do not have that black screen around?
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I can't afford new TV's, as I imagine many people can't. I think there is a place that you can send in to get several of those boxes for free. The change over will be here before you know it!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
Where I live our cable company Shaw has those digital boxes for sale for those who just have the analogue Tv, so I guess the same thing would happen where you live. It would save making your old analogue tv into an acquarium. 2009 seems rather close and here in Canada, they say 2011, so I guess between 2009 and 2011, those Canadians who only have analogue Tv will only be able to watch Canadian programs. No more CSI.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
In Canada we don't have to worry about that until 2011, it is coming into the states in 2009. I have digital tv, and my television is only working now on a wish and a promise so we will probably have to get a new one before then anyhow.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
We watch a lot of American Tv. We got a new Hd TV a couple of years ago, and now we can see everyone scars and pimples at all. Our old large screen Tv is down in the basement, and we still have the stuff for the big dish in the living room. We got digital a few years ago, and it was fine. Except we really had to beg for the cable company to put TCM because when we first got digital, we did not get that and we had it on our big dish. So I do not have to worry about those conversion boxes.
18 Apr 08
digital tv's specially the plasma's are reallly really nice. But the electricity that the digital er flat screen and plasma uses are triple than the analog. Since I'm more concern with the electricity bill :-) i think id stick to analog. But if someone gives me one for free id totally accpet it, but buy one? nah..but then thats just my opinion
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
19 Apr 08
When we go out, we have to turn off the converter, and then the tv screen, and then we have it hooked up to Boise for sound, and we have to turn that off as well.