Monday, July 21, 2008

digital TV! over the air!

Whoa. I just hooked up my digital antenna converter thingy to my TV, and this is what I have to say: Whoa. For 20 bucks, I just approximately tripled the number of channels I get. They come in way clearer. And I now have access to some raaaandom stuff. All for free, over the air!

The new channels are all the "extra" channels of the channels I already got. Like, MHZ, the Channel of Random Stuff in Foreign Languages? It's now four channels: 57-1 (the one I got before, now un-fuzzy), 57-2, 57-3, and 57-4. That means right now I can choose between news from South Asia, Nigeria, China, and Belgium. Most of the channels just go up to two. The big network affiliates all have weather on their second channel, although one has a third channel that says it will start showing old tv programs in a few weeks.

Wow. This is pretty impressive. If this didn't work, I was thinking about taking the leap to cable, but I think I'm going to be happy with broadcast for a while. (Especially since She Gre down the hall has cable and watches Project Runway.)

If you're in the market, I got the Zenith DTT900. It's $60 at Circuit City, then the coupon takes off $40. It's been hooked up for, uh, maybe 15 minutes now, but so far I am quite pleased. My highly scientific method for choosing? Google and get this.


grrrbear said...

Um yeah, I signed up for the converter box coupon the week it came out. But by the time the boxes showed up in stores my coupon has expired.

Stupid government...

Not that I don't have cable, but I'm intrigued by the idea and don't want to have to get another cable box for my office TV.

towwas said...

Yeah, that's a bummer. If you really don't want to pay for a cable box, though (and I have no idea what the economics are there), it's only $60 - and I think others are cheaper.