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I received my 2 $40 coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, and I was wondering has any one already got theirs and used it towards the purchase of a converter box?

There are so many models to choose from that I'm not sure which I should go for.

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Yeah, I heard about the government vouchers for getting a converter box. My family has Time Warner cable, so does that mean that I have to get a converter box as well?
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If you have cable or satellite TV then you don't have to worry about things like converter boxes. The box is only for local over the air signals.

I'm probably just going to buy a new TV with a built in digital tuner. I've had it with my old one. I have a makeshift antenna that gets poor reception and the alignment of the picture is skewed. emoticon
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Moises,
I always read you comments re technical things. I am glad I have cable from Cox Co. and they have been very good for many years. At the moment there is a box sitting on top of my TV. For some time the picture has been rather anaemic and tired..sort of snowy lines. I just give it a good right cross and that clears it all up nicely. However I am really wanting to have a new TV with a flat screen and HD. After I get over the shock of tax payments I think I will visit Costco and look to see what they have.
I was pondering about a Samsung LN-T3253H. However it may not be available by the time I make up my mind. Does it make any changes necessary for hooking up with my present DVD all region player??

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Peg, I've had a similar problem with the cable box in my room's television. I hadn't used that television for a while (often just using the television in the living room) but when I started using it again recently, I noticed the same things you were talking about - snowy lines and an almost skewed picture. I tried resetting the cable box but to no avail. Luckily, we were able to take the cable box back to Time Warner headquarters and they replaced it, which fixed the problem. But sometimes, resetting the cable box (by unplugging and replugging the wires) helps. If all else fails - that good right cross will sure do the trick! LOL emoticon

In our living room, we have a flat screen that we got from Costco as well. We use the HD cable box for it. Except, instead of a Samsung, its a Panasonic. Its worked pretty well so far with our DVD player. My dad wanted to get one of those combination players - that have both VHS and DVD (a lot of our home movies and such are in VHS format, so he wanted to get a new VCR with DVD capabilities). Its worked well. I'm sure a Samsung will work well too - they make good products.
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Creidesca, I face the same situation as you. I wonder if Consumer Reports has anything on the various brands of converter boxes? Then, too, there are various Google sites where consumers rate their experiences with such items. I haven't done an on-line technical search yet, but I've frequently found helpful reviews in places like Circuit City or other big box stores that sell things like the converters. The personal reviews (good and bad) are usually by techie types and I find them helpful—and educational.

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I was curious about the voucher program so I did some searching on the web and found this pretty cool website:

https://www.dtv2009.gov/

Its the government's official website for the converter voucher program and has some general information as well as pretty interesting features, like a countdown to the conversion and applying for a voucher. Pretty good for some information.
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I'm curious. What is the rationale for getting a DTV converter box? At the current time prices for reasonably-sized DTVs are fairly low, and getting lower by the day. By Feb. 2009 I would expect that they will be much lower. Why not just get a new DTV--which will also be an HDTV--with its improved picture quality minus all the hassles of the old Analogs. As it happens, I just got rid of an older, failing analog set: vertical hold going bad with a difficult-to-access control, picture tube with scan-line defects, picture size control going bad to the point that subtitles and other banner info were partially offscreen and unreadable, etc. A DTV is immune to these kinds of problems. A converter box won't do anything to improve them. I can only guess that people who are opting for a converter box cannot afford to, or are simply unwilling to give up their current Analog sets for obscure reasons. Or perhaps they don't realize that they don't really need a converter box (for any number of reasons). I don't know for certain, but I suspect that there may be some people out there who may think they need a converter box for the wrong reasons. Give me some feedback--I may be able to help you out.

In any event, here's some sites--in addition to that mentioned by Hiroshi66 above--that provide plenty of information on the topic.

http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html (FCC FAQ on the transition to DTV)
http://dtvfacts.com/ (Site which answers a broad array of DTV transition questions)
http://www.DTVanswers.com (another site with plenty of answers)

There's also the site that nchristi mentioned and may still be looking for:

(Consumer Reports: Digital TV Converter Boxes)

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class blockquote lilnemo wrote:
I'm curious. What is the rationale for getting a DTV converter box?
I can only guess that people who are opting for a converter box cannot afford to, or are simply unwilling to give up their current Analog sets for obscure reasons.
笑 That's me! ( ̄ー ̄)

I have a collection of old electronic equipment that include items like, a wire recorder, 8mm film equipment, Stereo-Pak & Stereo 8 players, 78 rpm record player, early SONY transistor radios (610 & 620), SONY Betamax l format, 7 Macs and 2 Apple//e computers... and lots more. All except for the record player are still in working order. (I don't throw anything out, so my neighbors must think I collect all sorts of crap) _| ̄|○

Needless to say, I also have a few analog TV sets as well. (8 that I know of and probably a couple more in storage) Two of them are fairly new and still work perfectly, they are hooked up to a regular old rooftop antenna, so I plan to get the DTV converter box for them.

One thing I thought was cool from what I read is that I'll be able to receive the extra multicast channels using the DTV converter box with these analog sets.

Man, how times have changed... I remember way back in the day, way before VCR's or cable TV, every week we would have to go to the Park Theatre or Kokusai Theatre to watch Japanese movies. Today, we can watch live Japanese TV in glorious HD, 24/7!!!

But what's most depressing to me these days is that I can remember when I used to !@#$ and moan when gas went up from .29¢/gal to an outrageous .35¢/gal!!!!
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A bit off-topic, but if anybody happened to catch the debut of the Japanese drama Haken no Hinkaku last night (Sunday the 20th) on Channel 18, did you all notice that during the beginning half of the episode (underneath the yellow subtitles) they ran some kind of a mini-announcement (in small white font) about the DTV conversion in February 2009? I couldn't read all of it because I was trying to read the subtitles, but I caught some words which helped me guess the gist of the sentence. Did anybody know what this was about? I wonder if it was the UTB Japanese station airing it or KSCI LA-18's doing. Maybe its some kind of information about KSCI?
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