Last night at midnight the analog stations even the religious stations went off the air. I checked the black and white and TV audio receiver and there is nothing to see or hear. Digital is in effect and its not just TV that will be digital only, it will be scanner communications, AM/FM radio, shortwave. So its best that you update your equipment if you are a serious radio and TV monitor even when you don't have to. I have to get 2 HD radio receivers and probably one that is portable. Also a DRM "digital radio monodiale" tuner, around 2 of those. 4 more digital converter boxes even the ones that are battery operated. That's another thing. Most digital converter boxes operate from AC current adapters. Well this switch over will really wake the engineers up to come up with updated things. Well say goodbye or keep your analog TV tuners, cards, anything NTSC related. Even the big ugly dishes that are 10 feet or less or more will be all digital even the radio stations via satellite. You still might need to still keep your analog receivers just in case some stations don't go digital.
There are some things that you can do to preserve your equipment and information.
1. Use a FM or AM transmitter to connect to your digital converter box for
news, weather, sports updates. The audio quality will be just fine, but it might need an audio amplifier to get the transmission out more.
2. If you don't have a TV or HDTV, but you have a portable DVD player or
LCD monitor of any kind as long it has a RCA input jack or video input.
3. Use a wireless video/audio sender to the digital converter box to resend it to a receiver or LCD TV in the next room. I use the Magna Sound 2000 set to
72.5 MHz to 72.9 MHz. Which the callsign for this station is 72N4AE. 72N4AE
is going to broadcast TV audio for the rest of the apartment complex with
super receivers that tune the TV frequencies. I am donating my time to 72N4AE with WVEC-DT audio for breaking news and weather events. Sorry that analog broadcasts had to go, but 72N4AE still lives on.