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Rabbit Ears soon to be obsolete

By Wyatt Goolsby
Newswest 9

In less than two years, TV antennas will be outdated, unable to pick up any signals.  That change comes February 18, 2009.

"It's going to be huge. Last time there was a huge change, was probably when black and white went to color. So, this is going to be a huge change for the TV world itself," says Benny Saenz with Best Buy.

The Government says retailers must tell people about the change. Those who don't put a sign next to those older TV's will get fined.  The same goes for TV's sold online.

"You'll notice, some tube TV's, some DVD players, that don't have that tuner, we've added a sticker either on the TV or on the box to tell the consumer it's not going to be ready for the digital transition if you're only using an antenna," explained Saenz.

If you still have an older TV with an antenna after 2009, you will have to buy a converter box to pick up a signal. And those add-ons don't come cheap, at least 150 bucks. However, just because you have an old TV, doesn't mean it won't work.

"If you rely on getting your HD or cable from satellite or cable, it's not going to affect you," says Saenz. "It's only going to affect those who use over-the-air antenna to get their source."

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