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how are you geared up for the digital switch in feb 2009?


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thought this might be an interesting topic...

i've got a couple issues for sure. while my main television is a newer HD LCD (no to mention connected to a comcast dvr), i've got a couple dinosaurs; two old tube tvs connected straight to the cable.

my plan is to add a couple cable boxes to act as converters, but for one of them (bedroom) i was considering just getting a small LCD, maybe 17".

anyone in minnesota want a nine year old 27" sony trinitron (standard def tube), cheap?

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I'm probably going to get cable over the winter. I still got the good ol Tube TV, so it's either the box or cable.

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I'm geared up by me still not watching TV.

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i've got a couple dinosaurs; two old tube tvs connected straight to the cable.

my plan is to add a couple cable boxes to act as converters, but for one of them (bedroom) i was considering just getting a small LCD, maybe 17".

anyone in minnesota want a nine year old 27" sony trinitron (standard def tube), cheap?
If you already have cable TV for every set, then you won't need any converters.
Your TV set doesn't need to be "digital".

I can see numerous people buying converters and boxes and whatnot that they don't need. It makes no difference if the TV set is a CRT or an LCD. If you can already view cable TV on your current sets, then you don't need to do anything in February 2009.

The ONLY people that need to take any sort of action are people who still use antennas (in other words, don't pay for/have access to cable TV or satellite) to receive their TV signals.

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I don't have cable or satellite, I have my TV hooked up to my computer and I use it as a media center. So I would say I'm completely ready for the transition


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dont watch much tv so its good they go away.
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If you already have cable TV for every set, then you won't need any converters.
Your TV set doesn't need to be "digital".
really?
i was under the assumption that the "cable" caveat was assuming that a cable box was situated between the coax and the tv. it kind of makes sense, no? how does an analog set decode a digital signal coming over the coax without a cable box acting as a digital to analog converter?

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how does an analog set decode a digital signal coming over the coax without a cable box acting as a digital to analog converter?
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Cable and satellite TV subscribers with analog TVs hooked up to their cable or satellite service should not be affected by the February 17, 2009 cut-off date for full-power analog broadcasting.

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ahhh - this was what i was thinking of:

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Can my cable company make me get a box to receive the cable channels I receive today without a box?

Some cable companies have decided to switch to digital service. This is a business decision made by the cable companies and is not required by the federal government. Your cable company may decide to move certain cable channels off of its analog service tier and onto a digital service tier, or it may decide to switch to all-digital service at once, so that there is no analog service tier for any subscribers. If your cable company decides to move some or all of the channels it provides onto a digital service tier, it may notify you that you need to get “digital cable” equipment to continue receiving that cable service. This may include renting or purchasing a digital cable set-top box or purchasing a digital cable ready TV equipped with a “CableCARD” slot. The digital cable equipment is different from the digital-to-analog converter boxes that are used to receive over-the-air broadcast signals.
so technically, i'm right, while in practice, you're right at least for now. as cable companies individually decide to make less and less content analog, an analog set will have fewer and fewer viewing options unless attached to a cable box that will convert the digital signal to analog.

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I have a digital tuner built into my TV, and I steal my cable, so I'm all set for the transition!

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well I use my rabbit ears to get TV channels in my bedroom and will continue to past February 2009 because I live in Canada
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I finally got my parents to get rid of their old 36" from 1995 and move onto something nicer (I got them a 52" Samsung). The first words were "WOW" at the digital clarity. Hehe. They'd been watching snowy picture for so long...

Anyways, I don't have cable or dish, but I've been prepared for a while. Just gotta watch out for the older folks...
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Hmm Once the switch is made I probobly won't watch tv for a long time. Besides I don't watch anything but football now and I can watch it live on my computer!
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we have a HDTV in the living room and satellite (because telemundo was all I could reliably get).. but I really only watch movies, unless someone else has the TV on. There's a tv in my office I use for background noise.. the satellite receivers cover all of that though.

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I've got digital cable service already, just need the Plasma/LCD, so I guess, technically I am read for the transition.
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