"This is a great joint effort among the network affiliates and public broadcasters," said Joe Reilly, president of the New York State Broadcasters Association. "We'll have people from the stations in both New York and Vermont ready to help viewers that night."
The government-mandated change to digital technology allows local TV stations to offer high definition (HD) and multiple program streams at the same time.
Digital converter boxes are available in retail stores and online for about $60. The U.S. government coupon program defrays $40 of the cost of a box.
Information and help with the DTV transition are available to viewers from the local stations online or by phone: Vermont Public Television, 1-800-639-7811, www.vpt.org; Mountain Lake PBS, 1-800-863-5700, www.mountainlake.org; WCAX, (802) 652-6300, www.wcax.com; WFFF (802) 660-9333, www.FOX44.net; WPTZ, (518) 561-5555 (NY) or (802) 655-5455 (VT), www.wptz.com; and WVNY (802) 660-9333, www.abc22.com