Originally Posted by Litofsky
Also, is this happening in any other countries, other than the US, or is this just another reason to disapprove of Congress?
They did that here a couple of years ago. All television is digital and you need a digital box to plug into older TVs to be able to watch non-satellite channels. I bet someone in the electronics industry made quite a bit of money when a few million people suddenly needed to buy those.
As for improvements... Well, I guess there's slightly better image quality and a lot more channels to choose from. On the downside it seems to be a lot more sensitive to interference. With poor signal quality you get stuttering images, missing sound and mosaic distortions rather than some white noise.