Tips for digital TV conversion


TV stations don't have a choice.

"A federal law mandates that February 17th, 2009 all analog signals will stop and we'll have to go to the digital format. Customers are going to be able to get more channels, they'll be able to get a clearer picture and better sound," said Sal LoPresti, Radio Shack district manager.

But to get that, some will need to buy a converter box to get the new digital signal. Those of you who subscribe to cable or satellite service won't need to do anything. But if you use a roof top antenna or one on your TV set, you may need a converter box.

"The converter box is going to go between the antenna and the TV to convert the signal from analog to digital. If you're not sure if your TV has a digital or analog tuner, simply look at the manual or if, you've thrown that out, call up the 1-800 number listed by the manufacturer and ask them," said Stacy Genovese, Good Housekeeping Institute.

The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 dollars. The government is offering each household up to two forty dollar off coupons. You can get one by applying on line.

"The government is issuing only so many of these coupons, and there are more people that are going to need them than there are coupons. So you might want to apply for the coupons early, but be aware that you have to use them within 90 days of receiving them," said Stacy Genovese, Good Housekeeping Institute.

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