- 1- You don’t need an HDTV to survive the digital switchover
The digital switchover will create digital television (DTV), which is merely the way you’ll get your television programming sent to you. Digital television comes in three quality levels: standard definition (SDTV), enhanced definition (EDTV) and high definition (HDTV). More.....
2- The U.S. treasury made a killing off the digital switchover
The digital switchover is being made in part because digital is more efficient -- it needs less bandwidth than analog to achieve the same things. As a consequence, a whole bunch of wavelength spectrum was freed up, which governments the world over have auctioned off to private (mostly wireless) companies. In the case of the U.S. government, it auctioned off 700MHz worth of bandwidth and made an absolute killing (almost $20 billion, which is double the reserve price). More.....
3- Digital switchover converter coupons have an expiration date-90 days
Another thing you didn’t know about the digital switchover is that the coupon program hasn’t gone smoothly.
The original deal was this: If you get TV over the air, using an antenna, you need a converter box. This box, connected to your TV, will be all you need to survive the digital switchover. More.....
4- The digital switchover marks the extinction of television "snow"
They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and this may hold true for one inescapable aspect of analog TV: snow.
5- After the digital switchover, some HD content will be free
The last thing you didn’t know about the digital switchover is that some premium content will be free.
Digital broadcasting has allowed for multicasting: multiple channels from a single network, each offering varied programming. For the four major networks, this has already meant broadcasting some shows in high definition. If you have an HDTV, this programming is free unlike, for instance, the History Channel’s HCHD or National Geographic’s NGHD, which is high definition content you have to pay for.