Great DTV Without Cable Or Satellite

Consumer Reports tells you how to still get free TV-even high-definition-without having to sign up for any services like cable or satellite.

"Many people think that you have to pay for cable or satellite to get high-definition programming, but you don't. You can get it absolutely free from an antenna," said Consumer Reports' Eileen McCooey.

Consumer Reports says people who use a UHF-VHF antenna to get free HDTV are actually happier with the picture than those who pay for cable or satellite.

"The reason you need an antenna like this is that most stations are broadcast on the UHF frequency. A basic model like this costs about $20 at an electronics store," said McCooey.

If you just want to keep your old analog TV working, you'll need a digital converter box that costs anywhere from $50-$90.

"These digital converter boxes convert a digital signal to an analog signal, so that way your old analog set can receive it and display the image," said Consumer Reports Christ Andrade.

Consumer Reports tested dozens of digital converter boxes and found all of them will give you a good picture-some even as good as a DVD.


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