Thursday, June 12, 2008

Technological Woes

I refuse to pay $40+ for cable or satellite signals. I see enough on free tv to keep me entertained for far longer than I should be. But my tv is not digital, and on February 17, 2009, I will no longer be able to pick up the analog signal I have so come to love.

Buy a converter box, they say, and the gov. will send you a coupon. So I signed up for 2 coupons and purchased a converter box from Best Buy. I hooked it up and it appears to function - the menu page comes up and it even looks for signals. The problem is, it isn't finding the tv stations. Out of 15 channels, it picks up 3. I have a UHF/VHF antenna that has a power boost, which is supposed to work with the converter box!

I know it isn't a problem with converter box, because I bought the second converter box at Fred Meyer (for $10 less I might add) and it does the same thing. I hope I won't have to buy an expensive antenna to put on top of my house! I don't understand why my uhf/vhf powered radio shack antenna picks up the analog stations so well but not the digital stations.

What's a girl to do?

I sure hope I figure out what is going on soon, I would really hate to miss out on any of my soaps sitcoms talk shows news programs!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Cheri;
    I think that the problem is that the converter will only work on stations that broadcast the new digital high definition signal. If the station is broadcasting the analog signal the converter has nothing to convert.
    Angel Elf