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TV Converter Boxes make a come-back.

As of this writing, it's been 1 year, 8 months and change since the official cutover to digital broadcasting. By this time you would think that all the converter boxes would have been sold a long time ago and the market for these devices would have shriveled up…

WRONG! Even after 20 months, the number of digital to analog converter boxes purchased continues to amaze me. In fact, so too the box manufacturers. Shortly after the cutover date of June 12th, 2009, many manufacturers stopped making boxes and only the low quality or "dogs" were left on the shelves. It didn't take long though, and a number of these companies realized the market was still alive and well and went back into production.

I did a not-so-scientific poll to see why people are still buying these units and it became clear; People see these boxes as a way to save money. Especially in this time of economic woes, cutting the cable bill out of the monthly expenses is a real quick and easy way to add money back into the household budget.

In almost every TV market, the big 5 networks have a station broadcasting free over-the-air television programming. Sure, you won't be getting the latest show on HBO, but you'll be saving a ton on the cable bill and might even be able to save enough money in a month to take the family out for a night together.

Looking for and finding a TV Converter Box is once again easy. The best box manufactures are once again in the game so reverting back to free TV is a great way to make budgetary savings a reality.

Visit the DTA Converter Box page to see what's returned to the shelves.

Channel Master CM-7000 Still Available - But Where?

I still have people asking me if the Channel Master CM-7000 dta converter box is still available. It is, but not like you might expect...

This box was a champ right from the start and it quickly flew off the shelves anywhere it was being sold. Incidentally, I reviewed this box more than a year and a half ago. My Review of the Channel Master CM7000 can be found by clicking that link. People still want to know where they can get one of these digital converter boxes.

My answer is eBay! None of the conventional box stores or online outlets have these units anymore but there are people on ebay selling these as they have moved up to a digital tv and no longer need them.

However, you will notice something a bit odd about this source - and that is: you are going to most likely pay MORE for it on eBay than you would have if you bought the unit new. Yes, MORE.

This is a testament to how well this box performs and how much it's in demand. Unlike all the other converter boxes on ebay, the number of people listing them is few and the prices are high. I know this first hand as I recently bought one myself for a tv I picked up at an estate sale.

I wanted the best and so I had to pay for it. You won't pay an arm and a leg but you will have to fork over about $20 more than it would have cost brand new. I must admit that I was hoping for a bargain, but the truth of the matter is that it is worth every penny I paid for it. I don't regret having gotten this box because it performs flawlessly and it has some great features.

If you want one of these for yourself, you can visit this Channel Master CM7000 Converter Box link and hopefully get one sent your way.

...Not a normal source for this box, but a good one none-the-less.

UPDATE (July-2011):
Just as I had mentioned in another post made here where I talk about manufacturers restarting production, I found an online source that has gotten back into the game with this converter boxes as well. Now you can once again buy a brand new Channel Master CM-7000 converter box. I'm guessing these won't last long though as this is one fantastic box and is sure to be snatched up quick.

Channel Master CM7000 ATSC Digital Converter Box CM7000


Digital Converter Boxes Still Available

More than a year after the official cutover date to digital television broadcasts, the venerable digital-to-analog TV converter box is still in demand.

Maybe it's the tough economy and people are finding ways to cut expenses, or maybe instead of buying a new TV, people are putting old sets back into service, or maybe the first box they bought has given up the ghost... Whatever the reason, people are still looking for a good converter box for home use.

Luckily there are still a couple of manufacturers still making these units.

One of the best is still available and ready for immediate delivery. The Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box has been a solid performer since its introduction. This unit has also received high marks from consumers and continues to be a favorite pick.

My sponsor still has these units available for around $40 and is currently sending them out with free shipping.

If you are still in the market for one of these puppies, I suggest you move without haste and get one of these on the way to your home. I can't predict how long these units will remain available.

Give Cable the Boot - Best Digital Converter Box Buy

Let's face it, cable TV is expensive and in this rough economy any way to save money is going to get attention.

The number of people abandoning cable to save money is amazing!

Think about it, with less than one months typical cable bill, you can have yourself a digital to analog TV converter box and start saving money the very first month. How much are you paying per month? Multiply that times 12 and you're going to be shocked how much you pay a year for TV.

To augment your viewing opportunities, you could get your friends, neighbors, co-workers together and pool your videos and dvd's together and create your own lend library.

Speaking of library, did you know that all municipal libraries lend out VHS tapes and DVD's out for free? All you need is a library card and that's free too. In fact, most libraries are linked with other libraries in the area and have access to all their video content as well. You can even request your videos from the libraries web sites.

Here is the take-away... There are lots of ways to still get TV and Movies for your viewing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg - unlike cable.

I'd also like to remind you that my favorite DTA converter box pick is still available and at a great price. Hurry though cause I'm not sure how long these are going to last.

Saving money is just a click away. Give Cable the Boot and start Saving money TODAY!!


Tivax STB-T8 Converter Box

Tivax STB-T8 Box Back In-Stock

What a Great piece of news - the Tivax STB-T8 Digital to analog converter box is back in stock. Right from the very beginning this box was my "Best" pick of the lot. And consumers felt that way too as this box was one of the most popular in its class.
image tivax STB-T8 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box

For some time this unit was unavailable but with great relief, Tivax has released another batch of these premium converter boxes.

If you're still in the market for a DTV Converter box, you had better jump on this and pick one up before this lot runs out.

Tivax STB-T8 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box