The Analog to Digital Change of Feb 2009

As a public service to those confused about the whole digital and analog TV thing that the government is confusing you with, I’m going to simplify it for you. Forget most of what you have heard up to this point. You maybe thinking it has something to do with HD, it actually doesn’t really, so forget the HD thing. If you have cable or satellite, you can also stop worrying, yes, this only applies to TVs using an antenna to receive broadcasts over the air. Now, real simple, analog broadcast waves look like this:

Analog Wave

Analog Wave

Digital broadcast waves look like this:

Digital Wave

Digital Wave

As you can see, I am the greatest artist ever. If your TV is more than about 3 years old, 99% chance it will have been made without the ability to receive the digital broadcast waves. The analog waves are not going to be broadcast anymore, only the digital ones. This is where that box comes in handy. More than likely, you would be made aware that your TV came with a digital tuner built in. If you don’t have one, the box that the government is trying to make it easy for people to get a hold of will capture the digital signal and convert it to analog for your old TV. That’s it, really, that’s it! Again, if you have cable or satellite, don’t worry. If you have a TV with a digital tuner built in, don’t worry. Bye

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