Converting to DTV
February 5, 2009
We’re now ready for digital TV. I just put in the Tivax STB-T8 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box we ordered from Amazon, using the government-supplied $40 coupon. The range of channels we can get hasn’t changed a lot: it remains pretty much what’s listed at Boston.com.
The two differences I’ve noticed so far are both positive. First, reception is better, much better for some channels. Second, we can now get multiple channels for some stations, notably WGBX. We’re still using the same rabbit ears as before. Your mileage may of course vary, depending on your location (we’re in Roslindale), rabbit or other receiving critter, converter box, etc.
That said, it seems likely that analog TV types will have an extra four months to get ready. It also seems that over 6 million consumers aren’t ready yet. That surprises me, given that the converter boxes seem to stock out frequently at Amazon and other online retailers. Maybe more people than expected are sticking with their analog TVs rather than buying a new digital TV.