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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

That Old TV Of Yours Is About To Become A Doorstop

Broadcasters on Tuesday agreed to stop transmitting analog signals in 2009. So what? Well, your current TV set may be rendered useless, that's what.

Most current TV sets can't receive over-the-air digital signals without an adapter, which you'll need when the analog signals go bye-bye. The cost? $50 to $75 per set. (Or just get cable.)

Broadcasters had been resisting a government mandate to switch completely to digital, which is sure to leave many viewers annoyed when the changeover happens.

The flipside: crisp pictures, vibrant colors and clear sound. And the government will make a bunch of cash when it auctions off the newly unused frequencies- meaning tax cuts for all!

Yeah, right.

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