Getting ready for digital television

BUSLETON, PHILADELPHIA - October 2, 2008

Latrice Griffin of DTV answers.com explained if you don't have a digital television but you do have cable or satellite tv on every set, you don't need to do anything to transition to digital. The cable and satellite providers will transition to DTV for you.

However, you may still need to get a new antenna. Here's a rule of thumb: If your antenna provides adequate signal to your analog television, it should be strong enough for digital. If you reception with your current antenna is poor, it will not work with digital television.

How do you determine if you have a digital television with a digital tuner built in? Conduct a channel scan. If you pick up stations like 6.2 or 6-2, you have digital television and you'll be fine.

If you have an anolog television without cable or satellite, you'll need to buy a converter box before February. The government is offering 2 forty dollar coupons per household that you can take to any retailer to buy your converter box. Here's the site to register for the converter box:

< a href="http://www.DTV2009.gov" target="_blank">www.DTV2009.gov

or apply by mail at:
PO Box 2000
Portland, OR 97208

You can also get your coupon by calling 1-888-DTV-2009.

If you're hard of hearing contact 1-877-530-2634

If you have other questions, you can also log onto: www.DTVanswers.com

Channel 6 is already broadcasting full power on digital television.


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