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Digital TV is here at last

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May 30th, 2009

If you ve been wondering when digital picture and sound will be coming to your TV set, you can rest assured that it s on its way. The much talked about DTV transition originally scheduled to occur in February will hit the airwaves June 12, 2009. After this date, TV sets equipped only with analog tuners will require a digital converter box to continue receiving over-the-air antenna broadcasts. These converters work by changing the new digital transmission into an analog signal that older TVs can read. As of mid April, figures show that the number of DTV-ready households increased by more than 200,000 in just two weeks time, leaving only 3.2% of homes nationwide unprepared. It s not too late Those viewers with analog sets who haven t yet applied for their $40 converter box coupons (two per household) can still do so online at or by calling 1-888-388-2009. The coupon will arrive by first-class mail along with a listing of local converter box retailers as well as online and phone vendors. In addition to the coupon program, the government has created an information hotline for those without Internet access. By calling 1-888-225-5322, viewers can receive answers about ordering their coupons and purchasing their converter box, or they can talk to a hotline representative for additional information. Of course, the government has also relied on the help of outside organizations in spreading the word about the move to digital. In the time leading up to the big day, television networks like Retirement Living TV have been instrumental in educating the public through a campaign consisting of online and on-air tips that include shopping checklists for purchasing a digital TV and things to know regarding high definition. You can visit them online at

DTV contacts

Official DTV transition website (Q&As and coupon ordering) Converter box coupon program hotline 1-888-388-2009 DTV hotline and FCC consumer center 1-888-225-5322 Retirement Living