The Other Digital TV Conversion Might Cost You

Posted on July 27, 2008 

The Other Digital TV Conversion Might Cost You

Think you don’t have anything to worry about in the switch from analog to digital television? Think again.

Consumers have been told that the upcoming transition TV changeover would mainly impact viewers with old TVs using ancient rabbit ears for reception. And those stone-aged watchers need only purchase a new set-top converter box, subsidized by coupons from the U.S. government, to continue watching. And everyone would go on their merry sitcom-watching ways.

Turns out, that’s not the whole story.

There actually are two analog-to-digital transitions going on. One, you’ve heard a lot about – the broadcast changeover. But the other – the analog cable to digital cable transition – could leave up to 100 million TVs in the dark, unable to display any cable TV channels at all without adding extra equipment.

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