DTV transition final countdown

June 8, 2009 7:17:14 AM PDT
Friday June 12th all television stations, which haven't already done so, will stop broadcasting their analog signals. That includes us here at 6abc. If you have cable or satellite, you're fine and do not have to do anything, no matter what package you subscribe to.

RELATED: 6abc.com's DTV information page

However if any of your TV's use rabbit ears or the set itself does not have a digital tuner you will need to get a converter box. The government is still offering coupons to help cover the cost.

If you are having trouble hooking up your converter box, certain companies can do it for you and the government is picking up the tab! The Federal Communications Commission has contracted with some vendors to provide the service to consumers free of charge.

An FCC contractor can connect up to two of your converter boxes, perform a channel scan or rescan of your box, make minor adjustments to your antenna and show you how to operate your box.

For a list of installers contracted with the FCC click here or call 1-888-CALL-FCC (225-5322).

For those of you who listen to 6abc on radio channel 87.7, unfortunately this government mandated change will take that off the air.

"Because of this government plan where we have to change the way we modulate the signal it disappears," said Hank Volpe, 6abc Chief Engineer.

Also on Friday, if you can't see 6abc you might have to rescan the channels either on your converter box or your TV.

"Some stations are switching early; some stations are switching late so you may have to rescan a couple of times."

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