Originally Posted by garrettsmommy
It's the 21st right? I just realized last week that I will have to sign up for my local channels through my satellite. The local channels will not be able to be seen after February using an antenna b/c of the digital switchover or whatever that is. What we've been doing on Lost nights is turning off the satellite and just watching it on our local channel. Guess I'll have to pay the extra fee if I want to see it.
This is not necessarily true re: antenna. Unfortunately, DH is the one who understands this stuff not me. However, we do not have cable -- we only use an antenna (which DH built) and we get over the air HD channels. If your television is capable of playing a digital signal, you should still be able to watch with your antenna.
Our local stations have been doing tests (usually late at night, like during the 11:00 news) where they shut off the regular signal. If your local station is running that kind of test, you could shut off your satellite and see if you still get the station just with your antenna.
Apparently another part of this whole changeover process is that some channels will be transmitted on a different band than they were before. This could affect your ability to get the station, depending on which way your antenna has to be facing to pick up the signal.
Even if your TV can not play a digital signal, you can get a converter box. The Federal government (maybe the FCC, not sure) was providing rebates to people to subsidize the purchase of the box. I don't know if the rebates are still available or how to go about getting one. If you hook an antenna to the converter box and the box to your tv, I believe you would still be able to use the antenna without subscribing to anything else.
My husband is a techie geek and has been telling me all about this stuff for over a year. Mostly, I don't have a clue what he is saying. But what is in this post is what sunk in, lol!