Digital TV Transition Starts Today in Wilmington, NC: Let's See Who Freaks Out

As most of you know, commercial analog TV in this country will become all but extinct on February 17th 2009. However, the digital revolution begins today in Wilmington NC. Basically, the town and its 197,760 TV-watching households will serve as guinea pigs for the nationwide rollout. The town has been bombarded with… »9/08/08 12:45pm9/08/08 12:45pm

Man Mods 51-Year-Old Telly Ahead of Digital Switchover (QOTD: Why?)

A 59-year-old furniture restorer from Britain has modded his half-century-old television ahead of the digital switchover. Richard Howard spent $225 on a Bush Television Receiver and watched everything on it—including the moon landings—until the late '80s, when TV pictures changed from the 405-line format to 625 lines.… »6/11/08 8:15am6/11/08 8:15am

Local Broadcasters Want Mobile Standard: Free TV on Phones and Handhelds (With Ads, That Is)

The good news: A coalition of 800 local TV stations are lobbying to get a mobile TV standard approved by the ATSC. Rather than pay Verizon or AT&T a boatload of money to get MediaFLO content, you will just buy a product with a receiver chip and tune in whatever's on. The bad news: Broadcasters want this because TiVo,… »4/15/08 1:50pm4/15/08 1:50pm

Digital Converter Boxes Are for Cheap Fogies, Not Sony Customers

As much as Sony is looking forward to the Feb. 2009 analog broadcast cutoff, the opportunity to sell millions of government-subsidized digital converter boxes isn't why. Sony isn't even touching that mess, or the low-end consumers who want them. Talking about the effect of digital converter boxes on the HDTV biz today… »3/05/08 11:34am3/05/08 11:34am

Digital TV Converter Coupons From Uncle Sam Available Now, Old People Rejoice

Old people love coupons, especially ones worth 40 bucks, which buys a lot of Metamucil. They're also the people most likely to need digital converter boxes for analog sets to receive digital over-the-air broadcasts after Feb. 2009. So I'm happy to report that your gramps you can pick up his $40 coupon for the box here »1/02/08 4:40pm1/02/08 4:40pm

Study: More than Half of U.S. Households Own a Digital Television

According to research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), more than half of U.S. households now own a digital television.They are also forecasting 32 million new units shipped in 2008 —79% of which will be HDTV. Remember to get yours before Feb. 19th 2009 when the U.S. goes all digital. [… »12/28/07 6:20pm12/28/07 6:20pm

Analog Cell Network Goes Bye-Bye, Escalade Owners Weep

Sad news in the rap community: As of December 31, OnStar will no longer support its own analog systems in older vehicles, in anticipation of the analog cellphone shutdown scheduled for Feb. 19, 2008. Most of us no longer have analog phones, not even those dual-band and tri-band ones capable of analog roaming. Still,… »12/26/07 11:17am12/26/07 11:17am

Philips to Sell Magnavox and Philco Branded DTV Converters to Your Grandma

A few weeks ago, after reporting on the RCA and Zenith branded digital converter boxes approved by the FCC for analog-TV holdouts, I jokingly asked where the Magnavox DTV converter box was. Turns out, Philips will not only ship a Magnavox box eligible for the National Telecommunications and Information… »12/17/07 7:20pm12/17/07 7:20pm

LG's Zenith DTT900 Converter Competes with RCA for Grandma's $40 Coupon

Last night we showed you the finished look of the RCA DTA800, one of the "digital switchover" converter boxes your stubborn granny can buy early next year with her $40 coupon from the government, in lieu of getting a new goddamn TV. The CES folks have praised the other box too, a Zenith-branded DTT900… »11/14/07 10:21am11/14/07 10:21am

RCA DTA800 Digital Converter for Analog TVs Updated, Delayed

We kinda forgot all about this little box for old folks with old TVs that was announced way back at CES and promised by the end of this year. It's got a fresh paint job and later street date (January), dropping a little more than a year before analog broadcasts shutdown in 2009 in favor of all-digital broadcasts,… »11/13/07 9:40pm11/13/07 9:40pm

FCC Fines Retailers $96,000 For Selling Analog TVs

Radio Shack, HH Gregg, FYE, Fred Meyer Stores, Ultimate Electronics and Boscov's all got smacked with fines totaling almost $100K because they sold analog TVs that were not properly marked with a warning sticker saying that they would basically stop receiving signal (at least, not without a cable box or other kind of… »10/23/07 10:57am10/23/07 10:57am

Best Buy Stops Selling Analog Sets, Signaling End of an Era

On October 1, Best Buy ordered any unsold analog TV sets to be pulled from shelves, never to be sold again. This is happening a solid year and four months before the Feb. 18, 2009, end of analog broadcasting, but there's no time like the present. Is it an upsell opportunity for the big-box retailer? Sure, but it's… »10/17/07 2:16pm10/17/07 2:16pm