Digital TV Transition: What You Need to Know

On June 12, 2009 all full-power TV broadcasters will turn off their analog broadcast signals and only digital signals will be transmitting from broadcast towers.

If you are currently using an analog television set to receive free, over-the-air programming, you will need to prepare for the DTV transition. Preparing for the DTV transition is easy and requires one of three steps by June 12, 2009:

• Purchase a new television set with a built in digital tuner.

• Purchase a digital-to-analog converter box that plugs into an existing television. The boxes, which are expected to cost between $40 - 70 are currently available for purchase. Beginning on January 1, 2008, U.S. households can request up to two coupons valued at $40 each. Each coupon can go toward the purchase of a single set-top converter box that will allow you to continue watching free "over-the-air" television on an analog set.

• Subscribe to a cable, satellite or telecommunications service provider if all desired local broadcast stations are carried by that service.

Any of these steps will ensure that "over-the-air" television consumers will continue to receive programming.

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