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What this means is you'll end up watching nothing but static on your old analog TV set unless you get a digital converter box that will enable you to watch ABC7 and other stations with a much clearer picture and without spending a dime on monthly cable or satellite fees.
The converter boxes sell from about $45 to $80, and you can still apply online for a $40 government funded coupon. But, many consumers are finding out the boxes aren't bringing in their favorite stations.
"I hooked it up and I got 50 channels. It was crystal clear, but I didn't get Channel seven -- that's a problem," said David Allen, installed digital converter.
David Allen doesn't have cable or satellite. So he bought a converter for his analog TV. But, after programming it, he still couldn't watch his favorite show, "Lost" on ABC7.
Allen, a writer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin wrote an article about his converter box frustrations.
"It is more complicated then they make it seem," said Allen.
Allen even went out and bought a new antenna, but still couldn't get a signal for Channel 7. He even tried reading the manual that came with his converter box.
"Connect the TV RF jack on this unit to the antenna end jack on your TV using a co-axial RF cable," explains Allen.
He was confused even more after reading the manual.
Allen, like many consumers, discovered converter boxes don't always give viewers a clear signal on every over-the-air station.
So he called us and found that by simply tuning his converter box to ABC7's digital channel, 53, the signal came in loud and clear, and his favorite show wasn't "Lost" forever.
If you need help hooking up your digital box, you can call this toll free number, 1-888-CALL-FCC or 1-888-225-5322. Remember the transition to all digital starts on June 12.