We’ve been hearing, for some time, that as of February 17th of next year all of the broadcast TV stations will be transitioning from the current analog method of delivery to the digital method of delivery . And there is concern among some consumers that this might result in the need for new digital-friendly televisions. But that is not necessarily so.
Randy Hollis with the Springfield regional office of Mediacom Cable says any TV connected to cable or satellite service will not be affected by the switch because the service provider will do the conversion for the consumer. It’s only people who are receiving their TV signals directly or through an indoor or outdoor antenna who might have to concern themselves with the switch.
Hollis says if the TV is analog and not digital, a converter will be needed, and the federal government is going to help consumers with the cost through converter coupons.
The bottom line, if you have cable or satellite service, the much-talked about conversion will not affect you.