Tell A Friend: You WILL NOT Need Cable After The Digital TV Switch

There are apparently huge amounts of people in the country that believe you will need to subscribe to cable after the “digital tv transition” in February. This is not true.

According to surveys conducted by the Consumers Union, a consumer advocacy group that also publishes Consumer Reports magazine, while 90 percent of the nation is aware of the transition, 25 percent mistakenly believe that one must subscribe to cable or satellite after February, and 41 percent think that every TV in a house must have a new converter box, even those that are already connected to cable or satellite.

Here’s what you need to know about the digital TV switch:

If you USE AN ANTENNA to watch TV and your TV is not digital you may need to buy a converter box that will make your antenna work.

You do not need to buy a HDTV. You do not need to get cable. You do not need to get digital cable. You do not need a satellite. You do not need to get an HD satellite dish. You do not need to do anything at all unless you use an antenna to watch TV on an analog TV set.

Tell a friend.

If you use an antenna to watch TV, and would like a coupon to help offset the cost of the converter box: Go to or call 888-388-2009.

For more information on the converter boxes themselves, we suggest Consumer Reports.

In Move to Digital TV, Confusion Is in the Air [NYT] (Thanks, Mike!)
DTV Transition [Consumer Reports]