Next year, the FCC will be phasing out analog broadcasts that our TVs are used to. Don’t worry though, most of us don’t need to buy a new TV! You can get a converter box, which enables your analog TV to receive digital broadcasts, or you can recycle your old TV and get a new-to-you TV.
According to DTV2009.gov, consumers have 3 options:
- Keep your existing analog TV and purchase a TV converter box. A converter box plugs into your TV and will keep it working after Feb. 17, 2009, or
- Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service, or
- Purchase a television with a digital tuner.
If your TV is older than dirt and the converter won’t work for you, start checking Craigslist.org or other reuse outlets for a new-to-you TV. Then, you can get a converter box and use the $40 off coupon to save some money.