On Feb. 17, 2009, (may be extended to June), your old TV set may not work any more with an antenna. However, a converter will keep it running and will probably produce a better picture with an antenna. If you have only basic cable or satellite, you may not need that service in the future. It is worth the price of an antenna to find out.
The government pays you $40 towards a converter, which come at $50-60. Click https://www.dtv2009.gov
The choice of programming will increase for both old and new sets by adding more channels, even with only an antenna.
HDTV, which is also available, was developed mainly for only one purpose: to provide a clear picture on large screens.
Despite all the hype, there is little reason to obtain a new set unless you want a larger picture. That being the case, it makes little sense to obtain less than the maximum pixels or dots, and best resolution, 1080p.
That information counters the hype.
HDTV programs so far are limited, usually to 8-10 at night, some news, sports, cooking, gardening, travel. The old cameras are still out there, and they do not provide HDTV programs, even on HDTV channels.
However, a large picture in HDTV is a treat to behold, and the offerings on public television alone, are quite wonderful.
Also, even with your old DVDs an HDTV set offers a far better DVD picture with a n inexpensive so-called “uploading” player.
The cheapest way to enjoy near-HDTV is Netflix, which has 100,000 movies, available cheaply by mail,
Netflix also offers TV shows.
For sports especially you may want cable or satellite, but it will cost you extra for HDTV. Let programming choices and cost determine your selection of antenna, cable or satellite.
There will be a future benefit to connecting your HDTV to your PC, including online movies, already available from Netflix free with your DVD-by-mail subscription.
In an HDTV set, you need to be sure you have all the connectors needed in an easily reached place,