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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Prepare for the digital switch over

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On February 17, 2009, most TV stations will stop broadcasting analog signals and begin broadcasting digital signals only. Despite considerable confusion about who's going to lose their signal on February 17, 2009, the experts tell us only those with rabbit ears or a TV antenna on their house will be affected.
Best Buy Employee Erik Jensen says, "Anybody who's currently having any type of cable, high definition stuff, digital already or like a satellite system has absolutely nothing to worry about."
While new TV's have a built in digital tuner, the age of your TV doesn't matter.

Jensen says, "If you have an old TV set, an old black and white, if you have it hooked up to cable or satellite, at this point in time there'll be no change."
According to KDLT Chief Engineer Don Sturzenbecher, the station has invested $2 million in the conversion so far and estimates it will spend at least 3 million more.
Sioux Falls is currently getting a digital signal. The Mitchell area is next this summer.
Beginning New Year's Day, the government will take requests for $40 coupons that can be applied toward the digital converter box.
According to, the boxes will cost $60. With that coupon, it is expected to set consumers back $20.
The coupons go out to customers February 17th, exactly one year from the switch.
Each household will be able to request up to two $40 coupons for the converter boxes.
Those in the market for a digital converter box will be able to buy them coming up in 2008 at thousands of stores nationwide.
At we have a chart that shows how to make sure you have a signal depending on your TV and how you get that signal now.


Owners of analog TV sets can send off their application for a free converter box beginning tomorrow, to prepare for the digital switch over that happened in February 2009.
Two coupons will be sent to each person who applies. Each one is worth $40 off a digital converter box. The devices, which are expected to cost around $60 each, will transform an analog signal to a digital one that will work with the new standards. No such device exists in the retail market now.The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will open up for the program tomorrow. Consumers can apply via 1-888-DTV-2009, or online at are expected to begin selling the boxes in February. Accordingly, the government will start to mail out coupons on February 17, 2008.All major big box retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Target and Wal-Mart will sell the converter boxes.

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