OTA HDTV Reception Q&A

Updates on the DTV transition and how to receive over-the-air digital television for free.

Location: Richmond, IL, United States

Hello there! I created this blog to share the information about over-the-air HDTV reception you have been wearily searching the Web or calling technical lines for, whether you have decided for less expensive means to get your favorite TV shows, or still adjusting from the over the air broadcast DTV transition that occurred on June 12, 2009. After working for a leading antenna manufacturer for almost 5 years, during which time I've shared my expertise with those who asked on the phone and by email at work, I decided to do the same in the Blogosphere! Confused about getting your local HD channels? Just click through the archives, some of the most useful information is in the early posts from 2005-06. If you want to get in touch with me with antenna related questions, just leave a comment anywhere on this site.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I have just received my coupon for a DTV converter box, and found that there just a small handful of approved boxes that can pass the analog ones - this is to follow up to my last post about the issue about low-power TV stations, that they feel left out of the DTV transition. These low-power stations will continue broadcasting their analog signals after February 17, 2009.

Here are the converter boxes that will pass the low-power analog stations for those who still want to view them - the coupon program also mentions a site about this at http://www.DTV2009.gov/lowpower:

  • Digital Stream DX8700
  • Echostar TR-40
  • Magnavox TB-100MG9
  • Philco TB100HH9/TB150HH9

The one choice of the four that is getting the most buzz, and will be due out very soon this summer, is the Echostar TR-40. This is the one that retails for $39.99, which essentially will mean households will just need to pay sales tax for each of up to two units to convert their sets AND not lose the low-power analogs, if they want to watch them. If the Echostar unit lives up to the hype, then perhaps the Community Broadcasters Association should settle down and just their stamp of approval on this box.


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