by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
On February 17, 2009 all analog TV transmissions in the USA will cease. If you have an analog TV (not digital) and use an antenna (not cable), then your TV will go blank on February 17.
What you need is a digital-to-analog converter box.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created some fact sheets to help you set up your new converter boxes.
You can download an illustrated basic fact sheet entitled “Setting Up Your Digital-to-Analog Converter Box (Basic)“.
You can find a wealth of information on the digital change-over, how it might affect you, and what you need to do about it at http://www.dtv.gov.
Throughout this whole transition process, make sure that you can get your closed captions. It’s easy to overlook this critical element until the last. You don’t want to purchase everything and set it all up, and then discover you can’t get your captions to work! Check that your captions are working properly every step of the way. (See our two previous articles on this subject, “Captioning Problems—Avoiding the HDMI Cable Fiasco” and “Getting Captions On Your New TV—The Good, the Bad and the Downright Frustrating“.)