September 2, 2008
Next Monday, a group of public officials and broadcasters will gather in Wilmington, N.C., with little more to do than wait for the phones to ring.
At noon that day, Wilmington stations will shut off their old television signals
and broadcast only in digital
, potentially leaving thousands of older televisions unusable.
Wilmington is the first U.S. city to switch to digital-only television broadcasts
and is doing it five months early as a test of the strategy the government and broadcasters have adopted for helping people who still rely on over-the-air, analog television move to the digital TV future.
Read more about it at the Wall Street Journal.
And while we are on it: How to Convert an Old TV Into a Fish Tank
Have you discovered a dinosaur of a TV set in your attic or now in your living room?
It sure can't compete with today's flat-panel units, but it doesn't have to head straight for the junk pile -- if you're creative. Here's how to make it do something those plasmas will never pull off: turn it into a fish tank!