Thursday, July 10, 2008


On February 17, 2009 Television Will EvolveIn
222 days, 15 hours, 52 minutes, 46 secondsthe era of analog broadcast television in the United States will end as the nation's full power* television stations complete their transition to an all-digital system. While this change will mark the end of the traditional analog method of broadcasting over-the-air television, it won’t signal the end of free broadcast television, and your favorite broadcast programs and local television stations will still be available.If you currently receive analog television over the air or via an antenna, you’ll need to take action to continue watching your favorite stations. TVs accessing "pay" television service such as cable or satellite aren't likely to be affected by the switch.
What, why & how?
Information and resources on this site will help ensure that you’re prepared for the digital TV transition and that you’ll continue to receive free broadcast television in the digital age.Learn How Now »*Many low-power TV and TV translator stations may remain in analog after February 17, 2009. For easiest navigation between these channels and full power digital channels using analog TV sets consumers may want to use converter boxes with “analog pass-through” capability. Click here to learn more.

For the digital box coupon
Learn more about the DTV Converter Box and the coupon program
A digital-to-analog converter box receives digital over-the-air signals from your antenna, converts them to analog and sends the signal to your existing analog television set. These boxes, which are expected to cost between $50 - 70 will be available for purchase in 2008. 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. Click here to learn how to set-up your converter box.For more information about the converter box program visit the NTIA’s official site, and click here to see a list of coupon-eligible converter boxes.

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