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Answered 2007-01-03 04:56:21

Currently, television in the U. S. is being broadcast in two methods; digital, and the original analog method. The analog method uses a large amount of the frequency spectrum, and sprays a great deal of radio frequency energy into the environment. The Federal Communications Commission has set a date for the analog transmission method to end. At that time, people with older televisions will have to buy a converter box to decode the digital transmissions. If you are on a cable system, the digital transmissions will be decoded by the cable system, so no additional decoder will be required.

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