Switch to digital TV brings questions, run on antennas
Full Story: Some R.I. retailers report they’re sold out of antennas needed to use digital tv converter boxes. Source: Providence Journal, February 18th, 2009 Author: C. Eugene Emery Jr. Added on February 18th, 2009 at 1:05 pm, by Matt Mikula
Yesterday, with the statewide switchover to digital television just hours away, the hot commodity wasn’t the converter boxes that people with older TVs need in order to watch over-the-air signals beginning this morning. The stores had plenty of those.
But at Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and other retailers, the shelves had been stripped bare — or nearly bare — of the antennas that consumers need to plug into the converter boxes to see the stations properly.
The old-fashioned rabbit ears many people have been using aren’t going to cut it. Even some of the more sophisticated antennas might not be good enough to pull in all the stations people are used to.
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