Local television stations have scheduled three different time slots today when they will briefly switch from analog to digital so that viewers can check to see if their sets are digitally capable. That's a good thing.
My set will not be. DSL and I discussed this much earlier this year, and we decided - rather than get a converter box - that I should just go ahead and purchase a new set in February, just before everything turns to snow on mine.
Now, I could have gone the converter box route. Coupons worth $40 each are available free from the government, two per household, which means that - depending on where you shop - the cost for same would then be little or nothing.
My set isn't that old, but it's not very big, either. It sits on part of my kitchen table, where I do paperwork, puzzles, mending, etc., while I'm watching. I wouldn't want to be sitting across the room from it to try and enjoy my favorite programs. There's no need to, really. I mean, I live by myself and its size is just perfect for my needs.
I do not have cable. If I did, theoretically my set would be 'OK'. The same should hold true for those of you who have cable. I hope that your local television station/s has/have plans to schedule testing time slots for their viewers.