So I got my digital converter boxes today--two Echostar copies of the DirectTV DTVPals. They're supposedly the best ones out there. With my rabbit ears hooked up directly to the TV receiving and analog signal, I get maybe 6 channels. They all cone in a bit fuzzy to some degree. One or two come in pretty clear with some tweaking, whereas the others are always a bit fuzzy--but I can still see and hear what's going on enough to enjoy it. However, I've been messing around with these boxes, and I just can't get anything now. Apparently, the signals aren't strong enough. I can get one or two channels, but the video is all garbled and there's no audio. The rest that are detected just say "no signal" with a blank screen. I've even gone out and bought a $30 antenna, but it doesn't work any better than my $2 rabbit ears. So, I guess it's back to the stone age for me starting February whatever. This is a nice big middle finger from the FCC or whoever's idea this is. And it's not like I live in some isolated cabin in the middle of nowhere. I do live in a smaller city (maybe 15,000...but with a college campus of 10,000-11,000), and there are two big cities (210,000 and 700,000) within 40-50 miles in each direction. I guess I might as well live in that cabin. So I guess it's going to be me and one million elderly people without TV come February. I just simply can't justify dropping $30+ a month on cable when all I want is a few local channels and I watch maybe 3-5 hours of television a week (there are only maybe 3-4 shows that I follow total in a year). I guess I'll just have to watch them online. If only TV stations would stream online... Rant over.