Digital TV Converter

Technology is developing and upgrading in leaps and bounds, and the televisions are reflecting that evolution. Television has come a long way from the boxy, black and white, staticy device it used to be. Color TV came into being, then plasma, then web TV. Television revolutionized the way information spreads, and spawned a whole different entertainment industry. The modern television is the result of the collective genius of many men over a long period of time. It combines the different inventions of different inventors, and with the advent of digital technology the television- a device the last three generations have been born seeing – will be going through yet another transformation.

Since the 1940s, the transmissions received by televisions and sent from the television stations were done by analog technology, which uses continually varying radio waves to send signals. Most cable companies also offer their different channels using analog technology. If you will recall, all the older televisions have ‘rabbit’ ears, V shaped antenna which received the signals and translated them to images on the screen. These antennae had to be constantly adjusted so that they could catch the signals properly. Recent televisions have more sophisticated antennas which do not need adjusting. Cable TV companies used satellite dishes, installed on the roofs of buildings, to send their transmissions. This allowed TV channels to be spread worldwide, utilizing satellite technology.

Digital television technology uses more compact signals which leave more of the airwaves free for other uses. Encoded in zeroes and ones, digital broadcasts are a great deal more efficient than analog broadcasts. Picture and sound are of higher quality and there are more programming options.

Digital broadcasts cannot be received by the analog systems employed by older televisions. To counter that, there are now digital converters on the market which converts the digital signals to analog. Digital broadcasts come in two types, High Definition (HD) and standard Definition (SD). Analog televisions cannot view them as such, but with a digital converter they will see the picture quality is better.

Investing in a Digital converter is an excellent idea, since it has been announced in the US that the new official television broadcast format will be digital. Most tv stations have already adopted the new format and local television stations are now broadcasting both analog and digital television. And outside the US, most other countries are also switching to digital broadcasts, so now all international channels will be digital.

Digital converters are also known as digital-to-analog converter boxes or set-top converter boxes or even digital TV adapters. Several brands of Digital converters are now on the market, and customers should think hard about which one to settle on.

The RCA DTA800, for example, has the best remotes and is very user friendly. It has good reception and video quality, and a very basic electronic program guide. The Winegard RCDT09A is on par with the RCA in terms of quality, but with the added feature of being capable of using batteries for power. The Dish Network TR-40 CRA has the best electronic program guide of the three but is not as easy to use as the RCA DTA800.

Of the less highly rated converters, the Zenith DTT901 DTV is quite a good choice for senior citizens because its lack of features makes it easier for the senior citizens to use. The Apex DT250 has many features and good picture quality but doesn’t work for all stations. Finally, there is the GE 22730 DTV which is not user friendly and gives low picture quality, so it would commonly be wise to pass it over.

This Digital TV Converter Review is Written/Updated on Feb 4th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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