DTV Transition Survival Guide

Information For Consumers on Preparing for the 6/12/2009 Analog/DTV Transition

DTV Transition Survival Guide - On June 12, 2009 all full power analog television transmissions ended at 11:59 PM for each time zone in the U.S. Were you prepared? For some important tips to get through the transition now that it is in effect, check out the following reference articles and DTV converter box reviews.

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June 12, 2009 - Analog Television Broadcasting Has Ended - Were You Ready?

On June 12, 2009, all full power over-the-air analog television transmission signals on channels 2-13 and 14-69 were required to end. Were you prepared? For more details, check out my article: June 12, 2009 - Analog Television Broadcasting Has Ended - Were You Ready?

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How the Analog-to-Digital TV Transition Coupon Program Works

For those that own an analog TV, VCR, or DVD Recorder, and receive TV programs via an Antenna, you need a converter box to continue to receive and record TV programming now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. The U.S. Congress approved a subsidy of $40, in the form of a Coupon to defray most of the cost.
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Donate DTV

Do you have an extra DTV Converter Box Coupon? If so, Donate DTV provides a way consumers can donate any unneeded DTV Converter Box Coupons to those, such as Seniors and others in need that may not have gotten one or did not know they needed, or understood how to get one.
 

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The DTV Transition, HDTV, and Your VCR and/or DVD Recorder

The countdown to the end of analog television broadcasts marches on. However, along with analog televisions, your VCR or DVD recorder may also be affected. Even if you have a digital or HDTV with an ATSC tuner and receive HD programing successfully an antenna, you may still need a DTV converter for your analog VCR or DVD recorder, in order to continue recording TV broadcasts on those devices now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. If this describes your home theater or TV setup, check out some useful steps.
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Connecting a VCR, DVD Recorder, and Analog TV Using One DTV Converter Box

The end of analog television broadcasts has arrived. However, along with analog televisions, your VCR or DVD recorder may also be affected. If you have a Television, VCR, and DVD recorder that only have analog NTSC tuners, and you receive your programs with an antenna, ordinarily you would need separate a separate DTV converters for each of them in order to continue recording TV broadcasts now that the DTV Transition has taken effect. However, there is a way you can use just one DTV converter for all of them, with a catch. More all details, check out my article: The DTV Transition: Connecting a VCR, DVD Recorder, and Analog Television Using One DTV Converter Box.

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Use Two DTV Converter Boxes and VCR to Record One Channel While Watching Another

One of the most common questions with regards to the DTV transition is whether a DTV converter box will allow the consumer to record one channel on my VCR while watching another on an Analog Television. The answer to this question is generally 'No". However, there is a workaround for this problem if you are a little adventurous. To find out more, check out a great How-To from MAbout.com TV/Video: Use a DTV converter box and VCR to Record One channel While Watching Another.

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What You Need To See High Definition on an HDTV

Many consumers, after they purchase their HDTV, assume that everything they will watch on it is in High Definition. Needless to say, many are disappointed when they find out that their VHS videos and analog cable channels many times actually look worse on their new HDTV than they did on their old analog set. So, after investing a lot of money on an new HDTV, how do you get the High Definition picture everyone is talking about?
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From About.com TV/Video: Low-Power, Class, A and Translator TV Stations

The analog-to-digital Television broadcast transition deadline that took effect on June 12, 2009 affects all full-power television stations. However, there are several classes of television stations that are not required to transition on that date. These are either low-power stations that generally serve a limited area within an urban community, or a translator station that provides over-the-air television reception in remote, rural, areas. To find out more about this, and how you might be affected, check out the informative report from About.com TV/Video.

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DTV 101 - The Consumer Electronics Association

The Consumer Electronics Association presents an informative, easy-to-follow video overview of the DTV Transition and what your options are.

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The DTV Transition - Digital Television Secondary Channels - About.com TV/Video

The DTV Transition not only brings the benefits of HDTV, but offers both the broadcaster and viewers an added benefit - Secondary Channels. To find out more about this aspect of the DTV Transition and what it means for the average television viewer, check out an article from About.com TV/Video

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Why DTV Converter Boxes Don't Pick Up Some Stations - About.com TV/Video

When you purchase a DTV converter for an analog television and setup everything up, you may find that you receive less stations than you are used. For the reasons why, and you can improve your reception, check out the informative article from About.com TV/Video.

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Digital TV Converter Box Reviews

If you are looking for a comprehensive look at your DTV Converter Box options, check out the listings on the Digital TV Converter Box Reviews website. You can also purchase your DTV Converter Box online at this site.
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Zenith DTT901 DTV Converter Box With Analog Pass-Through

The DTT901 has very easy-to-use onscreen setup menus and also offers decent digital-to-analog conversion image quality. A practical feature of this converter box is that is also offers analog pass-through. If you purchase and install it, you will still have access to TV stations that may not yet be broadcasting a digital signal. In addition, if there are any low-power television stations, or if you live in a rural area and rely on a "translator" station, that are still allowed to broadcast in analog after the June 12, 2009 final cut-off date, you will still be able receive those signals with the DTT901 converter box. The Zenith DTT901 is one of the better DTV converter boxes currently available, and definitely deserves your consideration.
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Insignia NS-DXA1-APT DTV Converter Box

The Insignia NS-DXA1-APT Digital Converter Box receives and converts DTV/HDTV signals so they can be viewed on an analog TV.

One practical feature is analog pass-through. What this means, is that you will still have access to any TV stations that may not be broadcasting a digital signal. In addition, if there are any low-power television stations, or if you live in a rural area and rely on a "translator" station, that are still allowed to broadcast in analog after the June 2009 cut-off date, you will still be able receive those signals with the converter box.

The remote control, physical design, the menu system, and operation of the Insignia NS-DXA1-APT is very similar, if not identical, to the Zenith DTT901 DTV Converter Box.
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GE Smart Digital Converter Box - Product Profile

With the end of analog broadcast television having taken effect on June 12, 2009, those consumers that still own analog television and receive their programming over-the-air, via an antenna, need a converter box to continue to view their favorite television shows. For a look at one of these converters, check out my product profile of the GE Smart Digital Converter Box, which will be available beginning sometime in March 2008.
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GE 22730 Digital Converter Box - Product Review

With the end of analog broadcast television having taken effect on June 12, 2009, those consumers that still own analog television and receive their programming over-the-air, via an antenna, need a converter box to continue to view their favorite television shows. For a look at one of these converters, check out my review of the GE 22730 Digital Converter Box for analog televisions.

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Consumer Search - DTV Converter Boxes

For more buying tips and reviews for DTV Converter Boxes and related products, check out Consumer Search.

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