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The DTV transition and battery-powered TVs

QCome February, what do we do about our battery-operated emergency televisions? I have a Windows Media Center computer that receives over-the-air signals. What do I have to do to continue using my computer to watch television?
—Phil in New York, listening on WCBS 880 AM

AI'm confused by your question, Phil. Are you talking about two television sets? Or are you using a laptop as a battery-powered emergency television?

I will assume that you mean the former. That way, I can cover both bases.

Any analog set receiving over-the-air signals will need a DTV converter box. That goes for 23-inch behemoths and teeny portable sets.

Battery-powered sets pose an interesting problem. If the power goes out, the television will still operate. However, your DTV converter box plugs into the wall.

That means the converter box won't pick up the signals and convert them. Thus, you won't get any kind of picture on the television.

There are solutions, though. You could connect the converter box to a generator. That would be a lot of work, though.

Or, you could purchase a DTV converter box with a battery backup. I have found only one such converter box. But other manufacturers may follow suit.

Winegard makes the RDCT09A ($63) DTV converter box. You can purchase a battery pack for it for $15. The pack requires six D batteries. It will let you watch TV for up to 18 hours.

Winegard's DTV converter box is approved for the government's coupon program. The coupon will save you $40 on the price of the converter box.

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