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DTV Questions and Answers

By Ric Blackwell email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

(WFLX) - Ninety-seven days from now, analog TV signals will cease to exist and be replaced by all digital programming.

This milestone in broadcasting has created some confusion, so we're taking a look at the some of the most common questions about 'The Big Switch'.

Mark Carmack, King's Great Buys Plus, explained, "On February 17, at the stroke of midnight, analog signal goes away."

It's a deadline broadcasters continue to drum into our heads, and with good reason as television will be transformed like never before.

Here's the answers to the most common questions about 'The Big Switch'.

  1. Do I need a converter box?
    "There's still 13 million people that are still using indoor rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna, so those people will have to do something."

    So, if you get your signal over-the-air, and not from cable or satellite, you need to either buy a converter box or a new television. This goes for every TV in your home.

  2. What are those converter box coupons and how do I get one? 
    Each household is allowed up to two $40 coupons which can be used to buy converter boxes. They can't be combined to buy one box, and they have a 90-day expiration date.

    "So, just remember, when you get those coupons, you can't wait until February of next year to use them."

    To get one, call the government at 1-888-388-2009 or log on to where we've set-up a link to the coupon form you can fill-out and mail. (Click Here)

    If you need a digital convertor box, Rachel Leigh shows you everything you need to do in the video located at the top right.

  3. New HDTV: What's the difference between 720 and 1080?
    "720 p was kind of the high definition for the longest time - 720 lines progressive. Then, the hd1080 hit, which was 1280 by 1080, which was relatively 1080i, which is what a lot of the broadcasters are going to send their signals in."

    Bottom line: 1080 is a better picture quality than 720.

    As for 1080 interlaced versus progressive, the short answer is you probably won't see any difference in the signal, so buy the set that has other features you want and don't worry about i versus p.

  4. What will happen to all those analog channels after February of next year?
    The government plans on keeping some frequencies for emergency channels and will auction the rest to the highest bidder.
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