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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-23-08 08:35 AM
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129. I disagree. There is a pretty good chance you'll need a converter
Edited on Wed Jan-23-08 08:37 AM by onenote
I don't know why it was suggested that if your set is less than 8 years old you'll be fine. Analog-only sets were still being sold as recently as last year.

In fact, the phase-in of the digital tuner mandate (the requirement that tv's have a built-in digital tuner) didn't start until mid-2005 -- less than three years ago. Under those rules, all televisions manufactured or imported into the US after July 1, 2005 with screen sizes of 36 inches or larger had to have a DTV tuner; the mandate extended to 25-36 inch sets as of July 1, 2006, and applied to sets 13-24 as of July 2007. And, again, this only is a requirement regarding the manufacture and importation of sets. Previously manufactured/imported sets that didn't have DTV tuners could still be sold. As of last year, retailers were required, however, to tell purchasers of such sets about the fact that they wouldn't work without a separate dtv tuner after 2/17/09.

So, while its possible that your set would work without a converter after 2/17/09, my bet is that it won't.

ON EDIT: If you are receiving programming through your apartment's "master antenna", your ability to use your set without a converter likely will depend on whether your apartment figures out a way to install a digital converter device that will then feed analog signals to all the units in the building. If so, then you won't need your own converter.
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