2007-12-21 / Community

Easing the Digital Television Transition

In preparation for the digital television conversion slated for February 2009, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith announced that assistance will soon be available for consumers who receive their television signals through analog technology (better known as antennas). TV sets not connected to either cable or satellite - and those without a built-in digital tuner - will need a converter box after the digital transition occurs.

To prepare for the switch, consumers can follow one of three steps by February 17, 2009: purchase a DTV converter box, purchase a digital TV set, or subscribe to a television service provider. The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has launched the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program to assist with the change in technology.

As of January 1, 2008, all households will be eligible to request one or two coupons to be used toward the purchase of up to two converter boxes. Beginning on January 1, 2008, New Yorkers can request DTV converter coupons by calling 1-888-388-2009.

Applications will also be available at local post offices. For additional information, visit www.ntia.doc.gov

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