Also, remember that if you don't want to invest in a high-definition TV, your set won't go dark on Feb. You can essentially turn your analog TV of today into a TV that receives digital signals simply with a converter box.You might even be eligible to receive a government subsidy towards the purchase of one.Meanwhile, public-interest groups complain that broadcasters are getting a financial windfall without any new public-interest obligations.
Broadcasters will be able to offer more programming and to match the digital signals of subscription cable and satellite services.
But viewers with older TV sets and no cable or satellite connection must buy special converter boxes to continue receiving most over-the-air channels after the switch.
You can also buy a converter box from most electronics stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, Radio Shack or a locally-owned dealer.
When you go to the store, simply tell the salesperson that you need a high-definition receiver to get digital signals.
Broadcasters are changing to digital because the government has mandated that local TV stations must provide their programming in the new broadcasting technology known as digital TV.
Digital brings a crisper, clearer look to your TV picture.
By the end of 2007 more than 47 million households in the United States will have high-definition TV sets, up from 35 million at the end of 2006.
Also, by the end of 2007, only 16 million of those 47 million homes will have hooked up their high-definition sets to high-defitnion programming, according to Jupiter Research.
By Daisy Whitney By now you've probably heard about digital television.