Not ready for DTV? Act soon!

March 17, 2009 4:26:26 PM PDT
Some of your televisions may have failed the digital test that Action News conducted shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.If so, you have less than three months to take action.

You need to get a converter box, a new TV, or subscribe to cable or satellite. Remember, the NEW transition date is June 12th.

The City of Philadelphia wants to make sure all its citizens are ready for the switch to DTV. So, it's helping with converter box hook-ups one neighborhood at a time.

One number you can call for help: 311. Seniors and people with disabilities have until this Saturday to call the city's 311 hotline to request someone come to their home to install their converter box for them.

We know many of you are still waiting for government coupons to help you pay for the DTV converter boxes.

You can check your application or coupon status by going online. All you need is your reference or coupon number.

The government has made another improvement to the coupon program. It has cleared the waiting list. All requests, more than 4 million of them, are now in line to be processed within a month or less of their application date.

The government is currently mailing out 400,000 per work day rather than the previous 36,000 per day.

Also, the government is now sending coupons first class mail instead of bulk mail so you should get them more quickly.

We've found a website you can use to help you through the DTV transition.

It calculates DTV coverage of local channels at your house, and even has a link to select the correct antenna as well. All you have to do is plug in your address.

RELATED LINKS:

FCC's DTV coverage map

Frequently asked questions about DTV

RELATED VIDEO: Dave Roberts shows you how to hook up a DTV converter

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