Most people are aware that the broadcast digital TV transition is scheduled to take place in nine days. However, being aware and doing something to make sure all your TVs still work after June 12th are two different things. Here’s a list of what you (and your neighbors, friends, and relatives) should know, as well as links to further resources. Spread the word.
You need a digital-to-analog converter box if… you don’t subscribe to cable, telco or satellite TV and you have an old analog TV set that doesn’t support digital signals.
You can get money from the government to pay for a converter box by… requesting a$40 converter box coupon (up to two per household) at the site https://www.dtv2009.gov/. Your coupon(s) will be mailed to you and are good for 90 days.
You can buy a converter box using your coupon… at numerous retail outlets including Best Buy, Sears, and Wal-Mart.
You can get free help installing a converter box by… plugging in your zip code at the site http://www.dtv.gov/map.htm for a list of contractors willing to do free in-home installations. The FCC also announced yesterday that Americorps volunteers and volunteer firefighters will be providing in-home assistance.
If you have a converter box and are having trouble getting certain channels, you should know… that some stations won’t be broadcasting digital signals at full power until Noon on June 12th or even later in the day. If you still have trouble after 11:59 PM on June 12th, you may need a better antenna. The FCC site has a page detailing different types of antennas available for purchase.
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