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I heard my old TV will be obsolete in a few years - is that true?

Is the sky ready to fall on your TV viewing? Will your TV be rendered useless by High Definition Television (HDTV) and Digital Television (DTV)? Are your TV viewing days coming to an end?

The answer to all of the above is no. While your current analog TV doesn't have the ability to decode digital signals, lucky for you, there are converter boxes than can do the job. In fact, most satellite and cable customers won't need to do anything different. Your old TV should be usable for years to come.

The only difference you may encounter over time is more shows may be letterboxed for 16:9 (black bars on the top and bottom). This doesn't mean the top and bottom of the image is getting cut off, it just means the video is wider than your TV and needed to be shrunken down to fit in the smaller frame. Letterboxing the SD channel makes it easier to provide the same video for both the SD and HDTV audiences.

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