Many of us have been hearing about the February 2009 digital TV transition for a long time now. With the date fast approaching, what does it mean for you and what are your plans for the TVs in your home?
According to the Federal Communications Commission, on February 17, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital.
“If you use an antenna to receive broadcasts, you’ll need to either replace your TV with a newer model or get a separate converter box to continue watching your television,” says Maria Repole, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications at Toshiba America Consumer Products. “Those who subscribe to a cable or satellite service should check with their provider to make sure they are using updated digital equipment.”
For many people, the digital TV transition is an opportunity to take inventory of the TVs in your home and update some outdated equipment. Whether you need to replace the TV in your living room or those dated, smaller TVs in the bedroom or kitchen, many people are looking for deals and want to replace that 19-inch TV they’ve been watching for the last couple decades.
One option to consider is an LCD TV with a built-in DVD player — a perfect option when replacing your TV sets. Instead of being left with an obsolete and unattractive model, you’re investing in one that is designed to accent any room in your home.
Toshiba makes a range of smaller, space-saving TVs that are great choices for the digital transition. The models have built-in digital tuners that work for standard cable channels as well as off-air digital broadcasts. When the digital transition arrives, you won’t have to worry.
But perhaps the best feature of these smaller TVs is the built in DVD player that has easy-to-access control buttons in a convenient all-in-one space saving design. The flat screen and slim body make it a great option if you need a smaller TV; choose a glossy white finish for the kitchen and a sleek black color for the bedroom.
The February 2009 digital TV transition is a good thing. DTV enables broadcasters to offer television with better picture and sound quality. And now that you are prepared and have options for every TV throughout your home, you’ll be ready to enjoy a superior TV viewing experience.
For more information visit www.tacp.toshiba.com.