Well, buy one if you want to, but don't buy one because of this stupid fucking "digital scare".
Seriously pisses me off. Hear me clearly. You do NOT, repeat, NOT, need to buy a digital TV. No, you don't. Seriously.
This is DIRECT from the governement's website:
"... television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation’s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission’s digital television website at: www.dtv.gov.
Analog TVs Will Need Additional Equipment to Receive Over-the-air Television When the DTV Transition Ends - Consumers who rely on antennas (including outside antennas and "rabbit ears") to receive over-the-air broadcast signals on TV sets having only analog tuners will need to obtain separate digital-to-analog set-top converter boxes to watch over-the-air TV. These boxes receive digital signals and convert them into analog format for display on analog TVs. Analog sets connected to such converter boxes will display digital broadcasts, but not necessarily in the full, original digital quality.
Did you read that? OVER-THE-AIR. That means antenna. Go look at your TV. Does it have a set of rabbit ears hooked up to it? A wire hanger with tin foil? Is that the ONLY thing hooked up to it? Go out and check your roof. Anything anntenna-ish up there?
IF NOT - YOU DO NOT NEED A NEW TV.
Basically, if you PAY for your TV service, it will continue to work, before or after February 2009. Pass it on. Please. I am sick of the "hurry and buy your new TV" hype. Nauseating.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday.