Notes before you read this post:
1. If you have cable TV, it won't be relevant for you.
2. If you just bought a new TV, enjoy it! This post is not designed to make you feel guilty.
So, the big push for this Christmas season from retailers and manufacturers is for you to buy a new TV. Part of their reasoning is that your current TV (if it's older than two or three years) will not work after February 17th.
Here's big news for you (if you haven't been reading the news much during the past year) - you can make your current TV work with a $10 box. The catch? You have to go here to apply for a $40 coupon and wait 3-6 weeks for it to come in the mail. Then you can go to almost any store that sells TVs to pick up a converter box at the (heavily) discounted price. Note that you have to apply for the coupon by Dec. 31!
So I would urge you to avoid the pull to buy that slick new TV. Your current TV will probably work just fine with a box.
p.s. I know this post will not be popular with those who want our economy to be stimulated by spending.