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DTV Transition: Are You Ready?
What you need to know about the Feb. 17, 2009 transition to digital television.

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     By law, all American television stations must switch their broadcasting from analog to digital by February 17, 2009.  Television sets connected to cable or satellite will not be affected, and will continue to receive programming after that date.  But those analog television sets not connected to cable or satellite, or without a DTV converter box, will not receive any television signal after the date of the switch.

     Why the switch? Under legislation passed by Congress - the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 - free local broadcast television stations are required to turn off their analog channels on February 17, 2009, and continue broadcasting exclusively in the digital format.

     What are the benefits of DTV? Digital television allows stations to offer a number of new and better services.  In addition to providing dramatically better pictures, sound quality and high definition television (HDTV), DTV also enables TV stations to provide several channels of programming at once.  This is known as "multicasting."  DTV can also be used to provide data services that are not possible with analog technology.
 
     IF YOU ARE RECEIVING FREE TELEVISION SIGNALS THROUGH ANTENNAS ON TV SETS THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH ANALOG TUNERS AND DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO CABLE OR SATELLITE OR TELEPHONE COMPANY TELEVISION SERVICE PROVIDERS - YOU WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE TRANSITION!

How Can I Switch to DTV?

  1. Purchase a DTV converter box that plugs into your existing analog set.   (Will be available for purchase in early 2008).  The federal government will provide $40 coupons that you may use toward the purchase of these boxes.
  2. Purchase a NEW TELEVISION SET - make sure it has a built in digital tuner.
  3. You may also choose to subscribe to cable or satellite service to continue to use your analog set, if all desired local broadcast stations are carried by that service.