Convert your old television to receive Digital TV
Prior to digital television, signals were broadcast over the air via an analog signal. An antenna was used to capture the signal and send it to your analog TV. The same is true for digital television, the signals broadcasted and an atenna is is used to capture the signal and present to your TV. The signals for DTV is broadcasted in the UHF range, so all you need to keep your old television, is an antenna that hanldes UHF signals and a converter box that converts the digital information to analog.
Choosing an Antenna
The question of antenna choice is covered extensively in the article titled Free HDTV Service Plucked Straight from the Air. We recommend reading the article for further details in which a tool is provided to check Digital broadcast signals in your area. We think the Mohu Leaf antenna is a good all round performer.
Converter Box Options
A converter box is required to use your old television set to receive digital television. The converter generally goes between the TV set and the antenna. The box enables your TV to receive the signals that are being broadcasted in the new digital format by changing the digital signal from the antenna to an analog tv signal that your old tv needs.
Mediasonic Homeworx Converter Box
List price: $37. The Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB 3 / 4 Channel HDTV Digital Converter Box comes with DVR and Media Player capabilities.
It allows you to receive digital Over-The-Air Broadcast on your old analog TV and can also be used with digital TVs, Projectors, and Computer Monitors. The built-in Media Player function allows playback of picture and video files via a USB connection. It hsa a built-in recording function that allows recording of TV programs for later play back.
Other features include:
- Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function,USB Multimedia Player Function.
- Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Out / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption
- Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Recording
- Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Timing Start Up & Shut Down.
Note: the system require ua USB External Hard Drive via USB (Up to 2TB) to record programs.
RCA C300 Digital TV Converter
List price: $30.00. The RCA C300 Digital TV Converter is slightly larger than a paperback book and is the ideal solution for consumers who want to keep watching television programs, but don't want to buy a new TV set. It will easily receive over-the-air TV broadcasts and convert them to analog signals that your current TV can display. It's an easy hook-up - just plug in your antenna and connect to your television and you are set. Displays all digital TV formats. Coax output - connect your TV using coax cable (included), and select channel using CH3/CH4 switch.