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The digital television transition

On February 17, 2009, the nations television broadcasters will switch from analog to digital transmission of television signals. It is estimated that at least eight million older adults rely on analog television sets and over-the-air television signals (uses an antenna). Without proper education and hands-on assistance throughout the conversion to digital, those eight million older adults could find their televisions going dark on February 17th. What Will Consumers Have to Do to Prevent Their TV from Going Dark? Many consumers wont have to do a thing - households that subscribe to cable or satellite service, or households with a new digital television, do not need to take any action. But if you rely on free, over-the air broadcasts and dont have a digital television, you will need to do ONE of the following: Purchase a digital converter box to attach to your existing television. (Retail price is expected to be $55 - $75, but government coupons worth $40 will be available in early 2008. The newly developed boxes sit on top of your television, changing the digital signal being broadcast to analog so your television can read it). Upgrade your television to a new digital model. Subscribe to cable or satellite service. For specific information about the Converter Box Coupon Program: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/dtvcoupon/index.html or call 1-888-388-2009 (U.S. Dept. Of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration)

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