Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas
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The Nanny State to the Rescue, Again

Technology is marching on, and on February 17th, 2009 the analog stations will go dark. I know many in my parents' generation were kids when it was a big deal when you could afford to buy a set to get broadcasts in color. The difference, of course, with the digital standard is that you the broadcasts are not inherently "backwards compatible." Once the trasition happens if you have an analog TV and you take your signals over-the-air only, as we do, your TV would be unusable.

Don't worry, though, the U.S. Department of Commerce has come to your rescue with a $40 coupon for converter box, limit two per household. The converter [or "Set-Top Box" as it is sometimes called] down-converts from digital TV to analog.

I went ahead and applied for ours...a converter box would be one way to keep our DVD-R/TiVo box operational for a while longer.

That web-site, if you want to go grab your little nugget of "economic stimulus" from your Uncle Sam: https://www.dtv2009.gov/

Hat-Tip to xoder for the information, complete with visual..
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