The big switch to digital TV may be less than a month away but many viewers are finding the transition anything but smooth, the Washington Post reports. Consumers are discovering that getting a converter box for older analog sets or buying a new digital TV doesn't always guarantee good reception. Many are expected to lose channels if they don't buy more powerful antennas.
To get all the channels they had before the switch, some viewers will have to buy pricey high-end converter boxes ineligible for the $40 government-sponsored coupons—or adjust the antenna for every channel change. All full-power stations plan to shut off their analog signals for good on February 17, although President Obama is pushing for the switch to be postponed.