DTV Transition Survival Guide - On June 12, 2009 all full power analog television transmissions ended at 11:59 PM for each time zone in the U.S. Were you prepared? For some important tips to get through the transition now that it is in effect, check out the following reference articles and DTV converter box reviews.
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For those that own an analog TV, VCR, or DVD Recorder, and receive TV programs via an Antenna, you need a converter box to continue to receive and record TV programming now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. The U.S. Congress approved a subsidy of $40, in the form of a Coupon to defray most of the cost. To find out how the coupon program works, check my article.
Do you have an extra DTV Converter Box Coupon? If so, Donate DTV provides a way consumers can donate any uneeded DTV Converter Box Coupons to those, such as Seniors and others in need that may not have gotten one or did not know they needed, or understood how to get one.
The countdown to the end of analog television broadcasts marches on. However, along with analog televisions, your VCR or DVD recorder may also be affected. Even if you have a digital or HDTV with an ATSC tuner and receive HD programing successfully an antenna, you may still need a DTV converter for your analog VCR or DVD recorder, in order to continue recording TV broadcasts on those devices now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. If this describes your home theater or TV setup, check out some useful steps.
The end of analog television broadcasts has arrived. However, along with analog televisions, your VCR or DVD recorder may also be affected. If you have a Television, VCR, and DVD recorder that only have analog NTSC tuners, and you receive your programs with an antenna, ordinarily you would need separate a separate DTV converters for each of them in order to continue recording TV broadcasts now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. However, there is a way you can use just one DTV converter for all of them, with a catch. More all details, check out my article: The DTV Transition: Connecting a VCR, DVD Recorder, and Analog Television Using One DTV Converter Box.
One of the most common questions with regards to the DTV transition is whether a DTV converter box will allow the consumer to record one channel on my VCR while watching another on an Analog Television. The answer to this question is generally 'No". However, there is a workaround for this problem if you are a little adventurous. To find out more, check out a great How-To from MAbout.com TV/Video: Use a DTV converter box and VCR to Record One channel While Watching Another
Many consumers, after they purchase their HDTV, assume that everything they will watch on it is in High Definition. Needless to say, many are disappointed when they find out that their VHS videos and analog cable channels many times actually look worse on their new HDTV than they did on their old analog set. So, after investing a lot of money on an new HDTV, how do you get the High Definition picture everyone is talking about? To find out the answer, read on...
The analog-to-digital Television broadcast transition deadline that took effect on June 12, 2009 affects all full-power television stations. However, there are several classes of television stations that are not required to transition on that date. These are either low-power stations that generally serve a limited area within an urban community, or a translator station that provides over-the-air television reception in remote, rural, areas. To find out more about this, and how you might be affected, check out the informative report from Matt Torres, About.com Guide for TV/Video
The Consumer Electronics Association presents an informative, easy-to-follow video overview of the DTV Transition and what your options are. Also, check out their companion site: Digital Tips For TV/Video
The DTV Transition not only brings the benefits of HDTV, but offers both the broadcaster and viewers an added benefit - Secondary Channels. To find out more about this aspect of the DTV Transition and what it means for the average television viewer, check out an article from About.com TV/Video