Do I need a Digital Converter Box?
You will need to take action before February 17, 2009 if you currently watch TV on an analog TV set that is not connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service. If you own a television with a digital tuner or subscribe to a pay TV service, you will likely continue to receive TV programming as usual after the transition.
A digital converter box is a device that makes it possible to receive digital signals and convert those signals into an analog transmission that can be received by older devices. Commonly employed with older sets to allow them to receive an over-the-air digital broadcast signal, working a converter box typically requires proper connections to an analog television, an antenna, and sometimes a third device like a DVD player. With the proper connections, it is possible to program the settings on the box and enjoy easy reception of local television programming.
Coleman said she had gotten her $40 coupon from the government and bought a digital converter box for her older analog TV before the first deadline for the switch to digital TV on February 17. And she even bought a new flat screen digital-ready TV for her living room to replace an old analog TV that was on its last legs. So she thought she was prepared.