Digital Broadcasting Coming
Big changes are coming to broadcast television. On Feb. 17, 2009, all full-power broadcast television stations are required to stop broadcasting in analog signals and continue broadcasting in digital only.
Not everyone will be affected by this change. If you receive your local broadcast station through a paid provider such as cable or satellite TV, you won’t be affected. However, if you have an analog TV with a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” on your set, you will need a digital converter box in order to continue to watch full-power broadcast stations.
This transition will benefit viewers in many ways. Viewers will enjoy improved picture and sound quality and new programming choices. All digital broadcasting will also allow for improved public safety communications.
The federal government is offering assistance to those who will be affected. Each U.S. household is eligible for up to two $40 coupons that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes, which can be purchased at numerous electronic stores. The number of coupons is limited and applications for coupons must be received by March 31, 2009. For more information on the coupons, visit http://www.dtv.gov .
For more information on the DTV transition, use the following resources:
Phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (225-5322)
TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (835-5322)
Web site: http://www.dtv.gov/
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