"Don't fall for the following myths about the upcoming switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, set for February 17, 2009," according to the folks at the Center for a New American Dream, a consumer watchdog group.
Here's the Center's list of myths and explanations:
"Myth #1: I need a digital converter box.
Probably not! Unless you are watching free, over-the-air broadcasting with the help of “rabbit ears,” on a TV purchased before March 2007 that does not have a built-in digital tuner, you do not need to buy or use a digital converter box. Read more.
Myth #2: I need to buy a high–definition television to benefit from this switch to digital.
You won’t notice a major difference in image quality. If you were already planning to buy a new television set, earn back the cash in electricity savings with an ENERGY STAR model. Read more.
Myth #3: I can just put the old set out on the curb.
The average television is used for less than two years--don't let yours end up in the landfill. Donate working machines and recycle broken sets. Read more."
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