Monday, September 1, 2008

February 17, 2009 ~ Digital TV Transition

I ran across this when reading the latest Citizen Corps newsletter.

Citizen Corps Affiliate, the Association of Public Television States (APTS) has expressed an immediate need to raise awareness of the February 17, 2009 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting.

Millions of American residents depend on television as a reliable source of information, to include vital emergency and disaster alerts and warnings. On February 17, 2009, all analog broadcasts will end. Analog television sets will
only work after that date only if they are connected to a converter box that will change digital broadcasts back into the old analog format.

Analog televisions without a converter box will not produce any picture or sound, which means people without a converter box will not have television as a source of information during any type of emergency. Converter boxes are available from consumer electronics retailers.

Cable or satellite subscribers aren’t likely to be affected by the DTV transition, but may want to check with cable or satellite providers with any questions about their service. Citizen Corps Councils are urged to inform members of your community - especially older adults and homebound individuals- of the digital transition to ensure they take any necessary action to receive and view over-the-air digital television signals.

For more information, please visit the DTV Transition Coalition Website, which also includes information on the DRV Converter Box Coupon Program. The (National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) provides more information, including how to apply for a TV converter box discount coupon.

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