OTA ATSC 3.0 4K Timing Question, upgrade TV now or wait?
Long time reader, first time poster…. Not sure if this is the right place to post this question.
I live in the Upstate (Simpsonville) and lucky enough to get all the channels (4, 7, 13, 16, 21, 28, 29, 33, 40, & 62 – not counting 38 and 49 since they are duplicates of 29) using an antenna in my attic. I’ve had a 32” old picture tube standard def. TV forever and use a digital-to-analog box to convert it. I also record (in Standard Def) to a “poor man’s” DVR. It all works great.
Recently, I have finally been tempted to upgrade to a 1080p HDTV (around 50” I think, I don’t care about 4K). Prices are low enough, I'd be able to get rid of the converter box, and be able to view the true HD signal that is coming in.
However, now I’m reading that in a few years ATSC 3.0 will (may?) start broadcasting over-the-air 4K and I’d need a converter box (which, unlike in 2008, may not be subsidized this time around) since current DTVs only have ATSC 1.0 tuners, even the current 4K HDTVs. Also, I think my standard def. recordings will look poor on the HDTV, and 50% of what I watch is recorded. I could care less about live sports and such. I understand some may say the recordings will look no worse than what I currently have.
My question(s) are, should I wait (even longer) for TVs to come out with ATSC 3.0 tuners included? And does anyone know Upstate TV station plans for upgrading to ATSC 3.0? I understand it would be something like a 5-year notice, and maybe they would still broadcast some ATSC 1.0 channels. I just don’t want to purchase a new TV now and it be obsolete in a few years.
I understand some people don’t mind ‘upgrading’ and getting new TVs every few years spending ~$500, but I can’t be doing that and don’t want to be stuck with another converter box on a relatively new TV. I understand the benefits of ATSC 3.0, but they should have at least make it somewhat backward compatible, just lose some of the 'features' if one only has a ATSC 1.0 tuner.
Thanks for taking the time to read my long post and thanks for anyone’s useful thoughts/comments about the transition to OTA 4K ATSC 3.0.
P.S. The 32” cathode ray tube TV still looks great, even if not HD. It is a 112 lbs beast to move around, but it stays put, so it is fine. A new one around 50” would be 50 or so lbs. so I understand that benefit and the form factor.