Switching to Digital TV: Everything You Need to Know

Overview

On February 17, 2009, analog television broadcasting in the United States will end. As of that date, all television stations will switch to digital TV broadcasts ? effectively making obsolete every analog television set in the country.

What do you need to do to keep watching television after the switch to digital? Do you need to buy a new television set? If so, what kind of set? Do you need a fancy high definition TV? Or is there a way to make your old TV still work with the new...

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Overview

On February 17, 2009, analog television broadcasting in the United States will end. As of that date, all television stations will switch to digital TV broadcasts — effectively making obsolete every analog television set in the country.

What do you need to do to keep watching television after the switch to digital? Do you need to buy a new television set? If so, what kind of set? Do you need a fancy high definition TV? Or is there a way to make your old TV still work with the new digital broadcasts? Should you switch to cable or satellite television? And what is digital television, anyway? These are just a few of the questions people are asking as the switch to digital TV approaches.

All of these questions and more are answered in this short book. Don't be one of the tens of millions of people who are confused about the switch to digital TV and may lose their broadcast signal on February 17! Buy this book and take the guesswork out of the switch to digital TV!

What you can learn in this book -

o What is the difference is between Digital TV and HDTV

o How to switch your analog antenna reception to digital

o What you need to do if you are a cable, DSL or satellite subscriber

o How to connect a digital converter box

o Tips on shopping for a new digital TV

o Great solutions to your digital TV problems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789738479
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Miller has written more than 80 non-fiction books over the past two decades. His previous books include How HDTV and Home Theater Work (Que) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Theater Systems (Alpha Books). He has also written articles for numerous websites about home theater and consumer electronics topics. Miller's other books include iPodPedia: The Ultimate iPod and iTunes Resource, Photopedia: The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource, Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay, and Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics. Collectively, his books have sold more than a million copies. More information can be found at the author's main website, located at www.molehillgroup.com.

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Table of Contents

1. The Digital TV Transition: What Happens on February 17th, 2009?

2. Analog vs. Digital TV: What's the Difference?

3. Digital vs. High Definition: What's the Difference?

4. Making the Switch: What to Do if You're Using an Antenna

5. Making the Switch: What to Do if You're on Cable or Satellite

6. Connecting a Digital Converter Box

7. Installing an Antenna for Digital Reception

8. Shopping for a New Digital TV

9. Troubleshooting Digital TV Problems

10. Switching from Analog to Digital TV: Questions and Answers

Appendix A. Digital TV: Facts at a Glance

Appendix B. Additional Resources

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