CNET mentions the DTV converter box program and says to wait for the Echostar TR-40, either to buy it or drive the price of the others to $40.00.
If I wait too long, I might fall into the "second half" of the Coupon program that only gives away 1 coupon, not 2. That would kinda suck.
Originally Posted by doug_malloy
Then to the biggest and most serious issue - Analog Pass Through, or there-in the lack of.
I consider this to be the LEAST serious issue for two reasons:
(1) After February 2009, you're not going to need analog passthru, because virtually all stations are changing to digital. (Example: Grand Rapids' MyNetTV is doing a flashover to DTV at midnight Feb 17.)
(2) And for those few persons (about 0.1% of the populace) who are unlucky enough to live in an empty region..... served in 2009 by only a low-power analog transmitter..... there is a VERY simple solution:
--- (a) Unscrew the antenna from the converter box
--- (b) Rescrew the antenna into your TV.
--- (c) Done!
Or just use a freakin' A/B switch. It's NOT a serious issue.... it's a trivial problem affecting only 0.1% of the post-Feb 2009 population, and the problem is so easily fixed, I don't think it should be labeled a problem. The phrase "minor inconvenience" is the best term.