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Old 01-16-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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I keep hearing rumors that after January, 2009 you won't be able to have a conventional TV hooked up to the coax jack in the wall. Some converter is needed.

Anyone know more about this? Comcast keeps trying to upsell me to get it now, but as far as I'm concerned they can take a hike (I hate Comcast).

At the same time, I'm content with the lousy picture we have now. Sure it'* somewhat fuzzy and the audio isn't top notch, but it does the trick for the very little we watch TV. I see no reason to upgrade. If I'm forced to, I'll probably just turn off my cable TV service. All of this seems like a ploy to force us to upgrade so that they can rape us even more on the rates in this little thing they claim isn't an oligopoly.
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I have been seeing a lot of that too..

http://www.news.com/Digital-TV-chang...3-5785519.html
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It is true. As of February 17th, 2009 tv will no longer be able to be viewed unless you have a digital converter. There is a site where you can print out a $40 coupon to help with the cost of the converter. But I can't remember the site right now. So lets say you have a tv you bought years ago that isn't an HDTV. You buy the converter, hook it up and whala! You have tv. They are considering our old tv'* as analog
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I keep hearing rumors that after January, 2009 you won't be able to have a conventional TV hooked up to the coax jack in the wall. Some converter is needed.

Anyone know more about this? Comcast keeps trying to upsell me to get it now, but as far as I'm concerned they can take a hike (I hate Comcast).

At the same time, I'm content with the lousy picture we have now. Sure it'* somewhat fuzzy and the audio isn't top notch, but it does the trick for the very little we watch TV. I see no reason to upgrade. If I'm forced to, I'll probably just turn off my cable TV service. All of this seems like a ploy to force us to upgrade so that they can rape us even more on the rates in this little thing they claim isn't an oligopoly.
Yep. Eventually you'll need to get a digital tuner. You can still use your old TV, you'll just need to get the tuner/receiver/converter...whatever they call it. Might be just as well to get an inexpensive digital TV with a built-in digital tuner and just replace your old set.
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Wait wait wait. I thought the digital swap was BROADCAST ONLY. Meaning if you have cable, you are fine. It'* only if you receive your TV through an antenna that you'll need a digital tuner.
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I am using 3 old sets now
So are you trying to tell me that I will have to replace them all or have three separate converters on top of the digital satellite receivers I now already have


I grew up with free black and white fossil TV. Satisfied me fine back then.

Think I'll hold off for the Holodeck.
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I think you'll be fine.
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Wait wait wait. I thought the digital swap was BROADCAST ONLY. Meaning if you have cable, you are fine. It'* only if you receive your TV through an antenna that you'll need a digital tuner.
correct as far as i know
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I'm with you, Paul. I'm pretty old school when it comes to TVs. The newest TV in our house was manufactured in 1995. That'* OK with me....I'm content.

So, since we have cable service (albeit, basic), I'm OK?
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as i understand it cable customers are not affected. if you have an old tv with the antenia then you need the "box"
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