The Transition to Digital ATSC Signals and Digital TVs

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.

Why? Mainly because older television sets simply aren’t equipped to display the new high-quality digital broadcasts so the switch won’t enhance one’s viewing experience. HDTV signals are wasted on TVs that can’t display the format properly. Plus, older televisions won’t give the viewer access to any of the digital services that are such an exciting part of the digital switchover.

Buying a new digital TV is certainly more expensive in the short term, but it’s also a long-term solution that lets the viewer gain access to higher-quality programming. That means a clearer picture, better sound, and for most people, more programming choices. Of course, you may not even need to buy a new digital TV – if you bought your set any time after March of 2007, it probably came equipped with a built-in digital tuner.

For those in the market for a new digital TV to replace the old analog set that’s probably taking up more room than it should in a living room or family room, look for sets labeled SDTV, which indicate analog TVs with built-in digital tuners a la 2007; EDTV, which can display high-def broadcasts but not as effectively as better-quality televisions; or our favorite, HDTV sets, which you’ll find are the most common TVs on the market today.

When you’re ready to buy a new television to maximize your TV viewing experience in our digital age, visit our flat screen TVs page to see all of the amazing options we have to offer. For Additional Questions, Please e-mail us at: or call toll free at 888.488-2635.


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