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The GE 2279 is a DTV converter that allows analog TVs to watch digital channels.

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Pros

Smart-Antennae Interface

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Aspect-ratio control makes it easier to watch 16:9 formatted TV on a 4:3 TV

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Eligible for $40 government DTV coupon

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Cons

To take advantage of all the features, you need to own a GE Smart Digital Antennae as well.

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No analog pass-through

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Still $40 even with the government coupon.

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The GE 2279 is a DTV converter that allows analog TVs to watch digital channels. On February 17th, 2009, all TV in the U.S. goes digital-only, at which point anyone who has an analog TV and receives TV through an antennae wil require a DTV converter to continue to watch broadcast TV. The GE 22729 is eligible for a $40 government coupon, and includes a remote. It also can interface with a GE Smart Antennae (sold separately) to lock in the best signal possible. The GE Digital Converter 22730 does not have this feature.

Government Coupon

The. U.S. government has a coupon program in place that allows each household to get two $40 coupons that can be put towards a DTV converter, such as this one. Each household can get up to two coupons. Coupons must be ordered from the government at the DTV transition website. This coupon effectively makes the cost of this converter box $40, instead of $80.

Features
  • Aspect-Ratio Control
  • Composite or RF output
  • Television Program Guide
  • Closed Captioning Support
  • Smart-Antennae Interface
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