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Did Your TV's Digital Conversion Go Smoothly?

Did Your TV's Digital Conversion Go Smoothly?

It's been over a week since analog signals for cable television went dark and the country was forced to go digital.

Converting a nation to digital TV was anything but easy — after one delay mandated by the government, loads of free converter boxes given away, and cautionary PSAs, we're finally there.

When I asked you guys in January if you were ready for the changeover, more than 80 percent of you said you were (and if you weren't, hopefully my guide helped).

But I know the transition wasn't easy on everyone — did your change go OK, or did you have to assist someone who wasn't sure what to do?

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wildefarms wildefarms 6 years
Digital Conversion is NOT WORKING for us! We are about 25 miles out of town and can't get any signal strong enough to view. My local Radio Shack says that a roof top antenna might help, total cost plus installation would be $250-300. We did everything we were supposed to do, supposedly we were prepared. This has been very frustrating and I've spent many hours trying to help my neighbors. I am really angry that this is nothing but an attempt to push us all into cable or FIOS at a monthly fee.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I had heard that newer TVs had digital converters built in, so I wasn't worried about having to set up anything with my 2-year-old HDTV. Turns out, they DO need the boxes. :( But now I get a better picture and more channels, so it's all good. And my mom was without TV for several months because the conversion was a couple months ago here, and my dad only hooked up a box to HIS TV not HERS, so I had to hook hers up when I came back from school.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
I have cable so I noticed no difference whatsoever
stargazer25 stargazer25 6 years
The reception is 100% worse. I get hardly any channels. I wish I did some research and got better converter boxes with the gov't cards issued. I also think I need to get some of those fancy dtv antennas. I really don't want to pay for TV via cable or satellite.
trinalina trinalina 6 years
We barely get in any channels now. And if we do, the quality sucks, the channels come in and out constantly!
telewyo telewyo 6 years
I'm just glad those scrolling warnings about the digital switch scrolling at the bottom of the screen are gone! They were there for months and months! I never noticed any difference or had to do anything with my cable.
demandy demandy 6 years
We were worried at first until we realized we had to re-scan channels. Then we got channels but unfortunately now we get the digital hiccups which drive me nuts. And we don't get our PBS stations anymore. :( We did get an additional "world sports" station and some ION channels though. I'd rather have pbs back.
fashionista119 fashionista119 6 years
Ours was a PITA. We got conflicting information from various Comcast Reps about what we needed to do to make our two Tivo boxes work post-transition. We hooked up the cable boxes like they instructed, and on the day of the transition most of our channels went black. Good times. My Husband spent an evening on the phone with Comcast, only to have to go to one of their stores the next day to pick up Cable CARDS (since those are what we actually needed instead of boxes), then another evening getting everything to jive with the Cards and Tivos and now we're all set. It was a PAIN, but I must admit our picture quality is better (we have two HDTVs with HD Tivos, and we clearly were not getting the full benefit pre-transition) so in the end it was worth it.
cyanste cyanste 6 years
I didn't even notice a change ... we've already been on digital television since the beginning of the year.
isahrangme isahrangme 6 years
we were completely prepared, but now we don't get some of the channels at all! the signal is fickle or something! sometimes cbs, sometimes the cw, sometimes abc, and sometimes fox! nbc has been good so far...
marisaoswald marisaoswald 6 years
yes, but we get worse reception at our place now! the bf is really upset because we don't get channel 11 anymore, and apparently that's one of the channels football is played on. i could honestly care less... =x
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