A friend asked me for a little more info on my recent conversion to Digital Television, so let me expound upon it for all of my 12 loyal readers.
First off, my television is about 8 years old, so I can’t receive these new-fangled digital signals through my regular antenna. I ordered two of those converter box coupons so I wouldn’t have to pay for one. Unfortunately, the coupons expired after 90 days. So, I bought a converter for $50 — it plugs into the cable port in the back of my TV.
I didn’t buy an antennae, so I just stuck a speaker wire in the back of the converter box. This worked amazingly well. I hung the wire on the wall and picked up about 10 different channels from my suburban Atlanta home. The picture quality was incredible and the digital signal made it crystal clear — none of those static-riddled pictures I picked up with old rabbit-ear antennae.
One night while watching the Olympics, my family balked because the signal had weakened. When this occurs, the picture freezes and pixelates, just like watching Dish TV when it rains. Therefore, I made haste to The Wal-Mart where I picked up a digital antenna for about $30. The antennae plugs into a cable port on the back of the converter box and into the wall outlet. That’s right, it’s an electric antenna.
The antennae immediately cleared up the Olympics signal and I pulled in about three more channels. Now, I have about 12 or 13, not counting the bevy of religious channels in the UHF range. When flipping channels, we lovingly refer to that stretch as the “God Gauntlet.”
When I’m in the mood for something else besides broadcast television, I can hook up my PC to my computer. I bought a “S” cable that goes from a PC port to the television via those red, white, and yellow audio and video cables. I can then play content from Hulu.com on the television. Despite the fact that the video is streaming over the Internet, the picture quality is incredible. And, Hulu rarely pauses to buffer. Here’s a store where you can buy all this stuff, or just check out the widget below.
So, I’m saving about $700 a year by ditching cable and I’m really not missing much of anything about it. Perhaps the one drawback is the disappearance of my Digital Video Recorder. But, with so much ready for viewing at Hulu, I haven’t really noticed.
In conclusion, you’re a sucker if you’re still paying for cable.