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The Downside to Digital TV Signal

The Downside of Switching to a Digital TV Signal

The digital age is upon us, and whether you're on board or not, the old-timey analog TV signal will be switched off on Feb. 17, 2009. This is where I'd tell you to rush out and treat yourself to a new TV (but I think you might get a better price if you wait another week), 'cause that old box with rabbit ears won't do the job come February.

Although the benefits of switching to a digital TV signal far outweigh the drawbacks (including better picture, clearer sound, and more channel options because of more available bandwidth), there is one downside worth mentioning: you may not receive all the analog channels you used to with the new digital signal.

Why? I'll tell you when you


Because digital signals don't reach as far as analog ones, the weaker channels you may have received before probably won't be coming in at all once the switch has been made. This is especially true with channels that use a higher frequency (higher numbered stations), as the signal has a harder time making its way around buildings and through walls than lower numbered stations. So if you were in a habit of watching a certain (fuzzy) station with a high channel number, just be prepared if the screen suddenly goes black on Feb. 17. You've been forewarned.


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codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
It's terrible having to use the converter box. The picture always gets pixellated and the sound is always choppy.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I already lost channels because of this. That's why I don't have my favorite TCM anymore.
minxa25 minxa25 8 years
interesting article. I live in cambridge UK and the digital signal is very weak so all what kind of day it so if you'll get a signal or not, some i get a signal some I don't . for the i am stuck watching the internet or watching whats of analog tv which should with us till 2010.
amers230 amers230 8 years
I just heard that us Detroiters won't get CBC anymore, since Canada isn't converting yet (or something like that.) How are we going to watch the Wings play now?!?! lol
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
great post. i'm currently working on a project that is helping companies move their analog radios to digital radios and looking for creative ways to convey the same info you just shared! haha. thanks.
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