Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of antenna do I need?
To continue watching 7NBC and CW56 you would need a VHF/UHF antenna.
Outdoor antennas work best, if using an indoor antenna it should be amplified.
Will my VCR or DVD player still work after I plug a converter box into my TV?
Yes. However, after the digital transition, the analog tuner in your VCR will not be able to pick up over-the-air programs for recording. Instead, the input to the VCR must be connected to the output of the DTV converter box. You must set the converter box tuner to the channel you want to record prior to the start of the timed recording programmed in the VCR.
Will I receive high definition TV (HDTV) with a converter box?
With a converter box, you will be able to watch HDTV programs, but not with HDTV quality. Although analog TV sets cannot display high definition resolution, your picture will generally improve with a TV converter box. If you want to view true high definition TV, then you will need a newer TV set rated for high definition resolution.
I want to get rid of my analog TV set. What are my recycling options?
The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a comprehensive list of programs for donating or recycling electronics products at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm. Another great resource is www.mygreenelectronics.org, where you can type in your zip code and find nearby recycling stations.
After installing my converter box, I lost some of the channels I used to get. What should I do?
After hooking up a converter box to your TV set, or installing a new digital TV set, you will need to scan (also known as "auto-tune") for new channels to make sure you receive all of the digital stations broadcasting in your area. While some boxes do this automatically, you may need to select scan manually.
Click here to watch our rescan video on how to do so.
Because some digital stations that are already on air are moving to different channel numbers after the DTV transition, you may need to rescan again after June 12, 2009, to ensure that you receive all of the digital stations broadcasting in your area.