Digital TV Take Over

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by KensWife, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. KensWife

    KensWife Member

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    Our TVs are not that old, I'd like to know if our TVs will work with this new "digital tv" deal or if I will have to purchase an adapter.

    We have digital cable right now and we are getting rid of it this week to save money.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

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    Unless you have paid cable you will need a box to pick up antenna stations.
     

  3. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

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    not to shill for anybody... but I saw a comercial for Dish Network for $19.99/month permanent rate, with $0.01/month for 5 premium movie stations for 12 months...
     
  4. KensWife

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    the only thing - im not a huge fan of dish network - when it storms or is really cloudy here (often) - it doesnt work. we tried it for a while...

    thanks though :)
     
  5. dunappy

    dunappy Well-Known Member

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    They lie they will change the rate on you. They have done it before.
     
  6. josh302

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    click this link:
    https://www.dtv2009.gov/

    fill out application for a coupon, get the 40.00 coupon.
    the link above tells everything you need to know.


    the real question is, why is the govt making everyone switch?
     
  7. Tex

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    Most new TVs now are digital and do not require a box. My newest is about 2 years old, but it is analog.:(

    I'm debating on whether or not I should get boxes for my TVs, get sattelite TV, or just use the TVs for DVDs and video games.
     
  8. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    That is the only reason I have a TV - to play a DVD (either home-made video or store-bought). I do alot of video / photography and create alot of my own DVD's - they are kind of like "showing vacation slides" to friends of the 70's -but with alot more excitement thrown in ;)
     
  9. River Rafter

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    Digital converter box coupons

    We just tried to get coupons for the digital converters... was told they ran out of money for the program. There is a waiting list for "if and when" they get more coupons. Typical government planning.
     
  10. josh302

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    I got mine early.
     
  11. merlotmaker

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    I think most people are gonna be ok. I don't know many people who use bunny ears anymore.
     
  12. dukman

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    Most people don't see the real big downside to this change. Those portable radios with "TV Band" for emergencies will no longer get TV stations in.. :(
     
  13. The_Blob

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    yeah, THAT was one of my major concerns... if I were forced to rely on TV broadcasts for information (local, PBS etc etc) due to an emergency I suppose the radio would have to suffice (& it should).
     
  14. The_Blob

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    anybody think they will build one with a digital tuner in it then, or will that be a niche-market nobody is concerned with?
     
  15. SherylSmitty

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    Anybody know how much an adapter is?