Let’s say you are set up with an entertainment center that features the whole shebang. HDTV with an integrated ATSC tuner. An antenna capable of picking up HD signals over the air. And you have all kinds of sweet peripherals ready to feed your TV an amazing high definition picture. Sounds awesome! But are you sure you’re really getting a high def image on your HDTV? Continue reading

Did you know that you can get a high definition signal on your HDTV, right over the airwaves? Provided you live in an area capable of receiving over-the-air (OTA) broadcast signals, your local stations are broadcasting the appropriate digital signals, and if you have an HDTV with a built-in digital tuner or an HD-ready TV with an external HD receiver, you are set up to receive free high definition signals. Continue reading

In 2009, people across the US were scrambling to keep pace with the digital TV transition. This digital switchover, which is just part of a larger move toward digital conversion going on across the globe, required every full-power TV station in the country to broadcast only in the digital format. For many people, the transition to digital ATSC signals had little impact on their TV viewing experience because cable and satellite set top boxes made it possible to view the new signal format on older analog televisions. But in the long term, cable boxes and satellite boxes (not to mention digital-to-analog converter boxes and analog sets running through gaming consoles, VCRs, and DVD players) are an inelegant solution and inferior to the new digital TVs that can make use of the full spectrum of benefits of the ATSC signals. Continue reading