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Now Receiving HD Broadcasting

In 2006, Congress passed a law that on February 17th, 2009, all analog broadcasting will stop. Analog TVs will require converter boxes. Even now Digital Television (DTV) is available over the air and from cable providers for TVs that support DTV, as new TVs should. Some channels come in Standard Definition (SD) and others come in High Definition (HD).

Some broadcasters are providing HD content now for free over DTV without having to pay for digital cable service or paying extra for HD content. For some HD content you will need to pay. Typically it’s the over-the-air broadcasters like NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox for which you’ll find free HD content.

Don’t expect commercials just yet to be wide-screen, though. Remember that HD does not equate to wide screen. To produce HD content from SD content, the picture has to be up-scaled. This is when you start seeing pixilation – square boxes where smooth curves should be.

So, if you start channel surfing and come across DTV signals and stations like 86-2 (CBS HD, at least here with Comcast), stay tuned and enjoy!

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