Today is the last day (REALLY) that stations in the US will be broadcasting TV signals in analog form. While we are pretty certain that frequent RainyDayMagazine viewers are aware of this fact, new readers from other planets may not be so aware. The switch to "digital" doesn't really have to affect you all that much. It is likely that many of you get your TV signals via cable or satellite dish, some may watch TV only via their computer, and a small percentage may not even watch any TV at all!
If you want to keep your analog set a little bit longer, a converter box is needed to change the digital signals being broadcast back to analog form for the "old-school" TV tuners. The government has been giving out $40 coupons for about a year now. We never did use ours and they have since expired. We kept them because we thought they would be a good collectors items :-)
For those who want to watch TV, but don't want invest in a separate LCD TV, a digital tuner such as the eyeTV from Elgato may be the way to go. This little gadget will turn your computer into a digital TV. Attach a good TV antenna to it and you can pull in signals from who knows where.
For readers who don't care about watching "live" TV, Netflix is a great option to stay current on TV shows on their own time. Only the "good" shows make it onto DVDs anyway, so when a TV series is available on Netflix, one can be pretty sure it doesn't suck.
So there you go...analog TV is going away, digital TV is here. There are plenty of options to getting a "new" TV. By doing nothing, it is also an opportunity to break from the "boob-tube's" grasp and reclaim some "you-time". The choice is yours. [Permalink] - Analog's Last Day