Many households own an analog TV set. But since television stations have switched to digital broadcasting at the beginning of 2009, analog airwaves signals no longer work, prompting everyone to make that big switch. Why the big switch? It's because technology has proven to consumers that digital resolution is better than what we're already used to and that the signals are seamless and made for better reception so much so that everyone has to adapt to these advancements.
What does this mean for the local household? Basically, this implies that if your television set is not digital or does not come with digital tuners, you will need another provider so that you will be able to watch your favorite programs. TV appliances that have been manufactured after March of 2007 are already equipped and digital-ready, so this should not be a problem if your set is fairly new. For those who have older units however, here is some simple advice as to what you can do and learn about the analog to digital conversion:
- Contact your cable or satellite provider, if you are subscribed to one. They will be the best persons to tell you on how you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a digital conversion. They will also be able to assist you, should you need to have your TV sets converted.
- Read up on the digital conversion in the news or online. There are plenty of resources that will help you understand all of this better. While this will affect many households, it isn’t necessarily one that homeowners cannot adapt to.
- Armed with the knowledge from your reading up on the issue, check the type of equipment you have. Older TV sets come with antenna. If you still make use of this, you can still get do something about getting a digital signal from it. All you need is a box top converter and install this in your house. Ask from home improvements stores about a converter box. Make sure that you also know the basics of installation. If you were not familiar with this, then it would be best to hire a professional or an electrician to do this for you.
- Some older TV sets may already be able to process digital resolution but may need a few tweaking. Check if your TV is able to receive UFH signals. If you are getting channels above the 14 on the channel listing, then that's a good sign. If the reception is not so clear, though, you may need to adjust your antenna or get a stronger one. As always, if you are not able to handle this properly, seek the help of an expert electrician.
- Some households opt to buy a new television set to be able to comply with this. If you do have a budget for it, then take note that you need a digitally ready unit and nothing fancier. If the salesman pushes you to get a television set loaded with new features but is priced higher than your budget, think it over and decide if you really need this or just one that is basically equipped to receive digital signals without the kinks.
Be patient about the transition. This is one case where the change will actually do more good and benefit your household and TV viewing pleasures well.