NEW YORK (OCN) — If you have an analog television, you will have to know how to make a DTV Converter Box or know where to purchase or obtain a free digital-to-analog set-top converter box to attach to your TV set to be able to view over-the-air digital programming soon.
* Making or Improvise the Antenna
* Making or Improvise the Converter
* Making or Improvise the Remote
Why? On February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power television broadcast stations stop broadcasting in analog format and broadcast only in digital format.
Congress mandated the conversion to all-digital television broadcasting, also known as the digital television (DTV) transition, because all-digital broadcasting will free up frequencies for public safety communications (such as police, fire, and emergency rescue). Also, digital is a more efficient transmission technology that allows broadcast stations to offer improved picture and sound quality, as well as offer more programming options for consumers through multiple broadcast streams (multicasting). In addition, some of the freed up frequencies will be used for advanced commercial wireless services for consumers.
If you receive only free over-the-air television programming, the type of TV you own, either a digital TV or an analog TV, is very important. Consumers who receive only free over-the-air television may view digital programming through a TV set with a built-in digital tuner (integrated DTV) or a digital-ready monitor with a separate digital tuner set-top box. (Both of these digital television types are referred to as a DTV). The only additional equipment required to view over-the-air digital programming with a DTV is a regular antenna, either on your roof or a smaller version on your TV such as “rabbit ears.”
Getting a FREE DTV Converter Box.
A few businesses such as Limited Time Rewards for example, mentions that if you apply for a Discover® Card and redeem a $75 Amazon.com certificate upon activation* for a FREE item such as the GE Smart DTV Digital To Analog Converter Box or a $75 discount on another purchase.