DTV Boxes – What are they?

What exactly is a dtv converter box (also known as digital-to-analog converter box)?

If you watch TV over-the-air, using an antenna or “rabbit ears,” you will need to either convert your old analog television by connecting a converter box to it or purchase a new television with a digital tuner by February 17, 2009.

A digital television converter box is used to convert an analog television to accept digital television broadcast signals. The device itself (like the one pictured to the left), looks similar to a set top cable box, but it’s important to note that over-the-air dtv converter boxes cannot be used in conjunction with basic cable service.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is issuing each household up to two DTV coupons to help consumers with purchasing converter boxes.

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