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It's a Whole New DIGITAL World
In the early 1980s, a new start-up cable station had millions of people shouting, "I want my MTV!" Now, nearly thirty years later, many of those same people find themselves saying: "I want my DTV...converter?"
The nationwide switch to digital television (or DTV) has been in the works for 10 years. But with the final deadline just around the corner, many people are confused about what they need to do, if anything. In fact, recent studies suggest that nearly 7% of US households aren't ready for the transition. The information below can help clear up some of the confusion and help you decide if you're ready.
What is DTV?
The "DTV switch" refers to the upcoming switch from using analog signals to broadcast stations like NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. When the switch occurs, over-the-air analog broadcasts will be discontinued and replaced by digital signals. The transition to digital signals will help free up space in the cluttered airwaves for additional wireless services, including emergency response services. As an added benefit, the digital signal will deliver a clearer picture as well as more programming options.
What's the Problem?
The problem is that older televisions were not designed to receive and interpret digital signals. So, when the switch occurs, those televisions will go blank – that is, unless you have a way to convert the signal.
When will it Happen?
The original date of the switch was scheduled for midnight on February 17, 2009. However, as of the writing of this article, out of growing concern that too many people won't be ready for the transition, both the US Senate and House voted to postpone the transition by four months to June 12th. The bill must now be approved by President Obama, which is likely to happen. Once the transition does take place, analog will go the way of the dinosaurs and digital signals will flicker through televisions across the US.
Who will be Impacted?
A recent study suggests that 1 out of every 5 American households still relies on an analog signal for their television...and those are precisely the people who will be impacted the most.
To be clear: If you have an older analog TV and you use an over-the-air antenna, you will be affected.
However, if you have a TV with a digital tuner or if you receive your TV signals via cable or satellite, you're good to go. In other words, if you have one of the following you should be all set:
To learn more about DTV and the options available to you, visit the government-sponsored DTV website at: www.dtv2009.gov/ or the FCC's DTV site at www.dtv.gov. You'll find frequently asked questions, information about the transition, and other helpful articles.
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