Have you upgraded..must be done before 2009

@raydene (9874)
United States
July 19, 2008 8:01am CST
I keep hearing these commercials saying you can't use your tv after 2009 without this upgrade to analog? What can you tell me about this? Is it just hype? Thanks xxoxoxoxo
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Jul 08
No, its not hype, but if you have cable then you are all right.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I think it is the governments way of shoving new technology down our throats. But that is not your question. Your analog tv will not work stand-alone. It will need cable or a box if you are going with over the air antenna. I have one tv with a box and 2 with plain cable. Every few months, I notice a few more channels are no longer available because they have gone over to HD entirely or maybe the cable company is removing them from the lineup. I was told that I need a box from the cable company to get these channels again. This sounds like the cable company will be putting it's hands in my pockets just a little deeper. I guess we will get more info as february draws closer, I for one am not looking forward to it.
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
19 Jul 08
In 2009, all tv signal transmissions will be digital. If you are like me and have an antenna or rabbit ears on your tv to receive tv signals, you will not be able to receive the digital signal without the converter box. We already got the converter box for each of our tv's. I have noticed when we use it, we receive more channels which is nice.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
No it is true. If you have cable TV you have nothing to worry about but if not you need to get a convertor. There is a government website where you can get a $40.00 coupon.
• United States
19 Jul 08
In case you need a coupon here is the website: http://dtvfacts.com/converter-box-coupons/
• United States
24 Jul 08
By Feb 2009, all television will be digital. If you have cable , then you are don't have to do anything. But if you don't, you have to but a converter box so your t.v. can work.The bad news is I heard the box is about 40-70 dollars. The good news there is a government program that will give you a coupon.
• Canada
20 Jul 08
That's a scary thought!!! I hate the thought of millions and millions of television sets clogging up the landfills.
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
That, unfortunately, is absolutely true. As of February, 2009, analog television will be no more. Any TV you own today will stop working then, unless you purchase a digital to analog converter. The government is subsidizing these boxes and you can get a certificate for one on line.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
19 Jul 08
We upgraded a few years ago when the picture on our old TV went wonky. We wanted HDTV anyway so it was a good time to switch. We have cable now so it won't affect us but we may not always have it so we're covered either way :)
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I don't have to worry about it as I have cable. If you have cable or satellite it won't affect you. The only way you will lose your signal if you have an analog tv is is you get your tv from an antenna usualy you get you local channels free over it but you will need a converter box by 2009 if you only use antenna.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
If you have cable or dish and have digital Tv, then you will not need to upgrade. If you just use an antenna or get the programs through the air, then you will have to. You have to listen to the commercials and also go to your local cable, dsl, or dish network. They usually sell converter boxes for those who only want to get the local stations. So you have to upgrade or all you will get is static. You have no choice in the matter.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
19 Jul 08
If you have cable or satellite, you don't need to worry about anything. If you use any form of antenna, you need a converter box by February. The government is handing out coupons which will greatly help with the expense. If I remember correctly, you get two coupons per household. Here is more info: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/digitaltv.html
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I have not upgraded my tv sets either. I have a fairly new television we bought a little over a year ago so it should be fine. I do have two older tv's that need to be upgraded or replced though. I think I will just replace them with the new ones that do not have to be upgraded for programming. I did send off for the coupons for the receiver boxes though. I got those in the mail already if I decide to use them. It isn't just hype. Your old tv's will not work after 2009 unless you upgrade it with the new receiver box, have cable or an analog ready tv.