Some consumers learned the hard way Monday that merely attaching a settop converter box to their analog TV sets may not guarantee them reception when the switchover from analog to digital TV takes place in February. The Associated Press reported that this week's test in Wilmington, NC indicated that many rooftop antennas are not capable of pulling in digital signals and that many may not be aimed properly at the local TV transmitters. In reporting on the Wilmington test, the A.P. noted that while only a handful of complaints came from Wilmington residents who were unaware of the test. However, it added, "While public education efforts have focused on making sure viewers are aware of the transition and the government coupon program, very little has been publicized about the potential need for antennas."

10/09/2008