I Can't Afford Cable Anymore. How Can I Revive My Analog TV?

I Can't Afford Cable Anymore. How Can I Revive My Analog TV?

We hear the same exhortation everywhere: cut the cable! Save money! Ditch your cable company and live free! But if you had cable TV during the great DTV switch back in 2009, you probably didn’t think to send away for any government-subsidized converter boxes. If you’ve recently dropped your cable subscription out of rage or frugality, what are your options? Karen wants to know, and hopes that Consumerist readers have some ideas. [More]

These Antenna Installation Instructions Are Surprisingly Specific

These Antenna Installation Instructions Are Surprisingly Specific

I am typing this post with a digital TV antenna stuck in my ear, and all because nobody told me that this wasn’t the right way to install it. Ow! Apparently Antennas Direct of Missouri knows that there are people like me out there, because they’ve included some very specific warnings on their installation instructions (PDF). (Thanks to Billy!) [More]

How Digital TV Has Let You Down

How Digital TV Has Let You Down

Last week NPR tore into TV networks for failing to live up to the promises it made to Congress in the late 1990s when the industry pushed to receive its slice of the digital spectrum for free.

Last Chance To Request $40 Digital TV Converter Box Coupons!

Last Chance To Request $40 Digital TV Converter Box Coupons!

Alright slowpokes, you have less than a week to finally request your digital TV converter box coupons. The Department of Commerce plans to hand out the last $40 coupons on July 31. You don’t need a converter box if you pay for TV or have a newer set, but if you’ve been wondering where your stories have been since June 12, request a coupon while they’re still available.

Meritline Using Misleading "Free HDMI" Cable To Sell Digital TV Converter With No HDMI Output?

Meritline Using Misleading "Free HDMI" Cable To Sell Digital TV Converter With No HDMI Output?

Matthew emailed us with an interesting link to a Meritline offer that he says is making the rounds on deal sites. The Airlink digital-to-analog converter box is a fairly generic offer, but Meritline is offering a free HDMI cable with it. The only problem is, there’s no place on the box to use the cable. If you just see “free HDMI cable” and don’t read the specs closely, you’ll be in for a rotten surprise when the box arrives. But hey, free cable.

Drunk Old Man Shoots TV After DTV Converter Box Doesn't Work

Drunk Old Man Shoots TV After DTV Converter Box Doesn't Work

Maybe it was the hooch, or maybe it was the fact that he was missing his TMZ, but a 70-year-old man in Missouri was arrested yesterday for unlawful use of a firearm after he shot up his TV. According to Minneapolis/St. Paul news station KARE11, he “was angry that he had lost his cable, and was unable to get his new DTV converter to work properly.” According to his wife, he had been drinking.

Radio Shack Employee Lies, Says Government Requires Your Name And Address To Use DTV Coupon

Radio Shack Employee Lies, Says Government Requires Your Name And Address To Use DTV Coupon

Tim tried to use a Digital TV coupon at a Philadelphia Radio Shack and was told that he had to provide his name and address in order to redeem it, as per government regulations. Strike out “government” and replace with “imaginary” and you’re closer to the truth. Hmm, did this Radio Shack employee just break the law?

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/06/twitter-genius-from-badbanana-they/

Twitter genius from badbanana: “They should make a Matlock reunion special where the plot fully explains the upcoming digital TV transition.” [via BestAt]

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Knife to the eye! The Digital TV transition will not be delayed after all, according to the House vote today. Will the Senate try again? [Washington Post] (Thanks to Ult3!)

Hundreds Confused As Hawaii Transitions To Digital

Hawaii last week became the first state to transition to digital television, leading hundreds of confused locals to call into the FCC’s help center. Though the transition appears to have been a technical success, the new digital signals mays never reach some of the 20,000 Hawaiians who rely on analog service.

Congress Prepares To Push Back Digital TV Deadline

Congress Prepares To Push Back Digital TV Deadline

Congress may soon help the 1.76 million consumers anxiously waiting for their $40 digital TV converter coupons. According to Congress Daily, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is drafting legislation to push back the February 17 digital television transition deadline as requested last week by both Consumers Union and the incoming Obama Administration.

Consumers Union Asks Congress To Delay Digital Broadcast TV Switch

Consumers Union Asks Congress To Delay Digital Broadcast TV Switch

Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports and, um, brand-spanking-new owner of Consumerist, the blog that you are reading right now, is asking Congress to delay the DTV switch until “until a plan is in place to minimize the number of consumers who will lose TV signals, particularly by fixing the flaws in the federal coupon program.” Why are they doing this? Well, the coupon program has already run out of money. Read the letter inside.

A Very Simple Flowchart Explaining The Digital TV Transition

A Very Simple Flowchart Explaining The Digital TV Transition

There has been some demand among readers for a flowchart that explains how you will be affected by the digital TV switch that will happen this February. Your wish is our command.

Some Digital TV Advice In Plain English

Some Digital TV Advice In Plain English

You know, the coming switch to digital TV isn’t exactly rocket science, but we’re betting plenty of people are still going to end up feeling confused and angry come February of next year.

FCC Plans Road Trip To Educate America About Digital TV

FCC Plans Road Trip To Educate America About Digital TV

…the five FCC Commissioners and other Commission staff will fan out to [selected] markets to raise awareness and educate consumers.

Best Buy Apologizes For Charging You Too Much Tax On Your DTV Converter Box

Best Buy Apologizes For Charging You Too Much Tax On Your DTV Converter Box

The way coupons are taxed is different in every state— and believe us — it gets really complicated. The general rule, in most (but not all) states is that consumers are taxed on the full amount of the transactionincluding any reimbursement that the store gets.

Become A DTV Deputy!

Become A DTV Deputy!

Howdy there partner, are you one of them DTV Deputies? No? The FCC thinks it’s high time you take the transition to digital television into your own hands. Because why pay for test trials in select communities when you can use early-90′s sound effects and cutting edge graphics to bait consumers into studying for a 13-question quiz?

Consumers Have No F*&@#%! Clue What's Going On With The Digital TV Conversion

Consumers Have No F*&@#%! Clue What's Going On With The Digital TV Conversion

Consumer Reports tells us that according to a survey they commissioned, consumers have absolutely no f@#$@%$ clue what the heck is going on with the digital TV conversion.