Starting tomorrow, every new TV set will have to be able to decode over-the-air digital signals (in preparation for the 2009 switchover).
Starting Thursday, all new television sets designed to receive over-the-air signals must contain a tuner capable of receiving digital broadcasts, not just the old-style analog signals that we have relied on for the past half-century.
The March 1 mandate covers smaller sets, the last bastion of all-analog technology. Besides, most Americans have cable or satellite television service. Those video providers handle the digital signal through the adapter boxes they provide to customers.
This has nothing to do with HDTV which is a completely separate set of technologies. So hold onto your old analog sets, so you can tell your grandchildren what it was like in the ‘olden days.’