Keep your TV and buy a converter. In 2008,
a government coupon will be available to
reduce the price of certain converters by $40.
You may also choose to . . .
Buy a digital television. Check with your
retailer if you are buying a new television to
make sure that it has a built-in digital tuner.
Hook up your television to cable, satellite, or
other pay television service.
Buy a converter with enhanced features, such
as one with a DVD recorder. Converters with
enhanced features are not eligible for the
Whatever you decide, you have until
February 17, 2009, to prepare for the digital
transition. After that date, you will no longer
be able to view your over-the-air broadcasts on
your analog TV.
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
(Public Law 109-171) was enacted on
February 8, 2006. Title III of the Act sets
the digital television transition at
February 17, 2009 and allocates up to
$1.5 billion for a digital-to-analog converter
box program to be administered by the
National Telecommunications and
U.S. Department of Commerce.
TTY 1-877-530-2634 (English)
TTY 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish)
or visit www.dtv.gov
for information about the
DTV Converter Coupon Program.
ARE YOU READY?
Do you have a television set in your home
that works with the help of “rabbit ears” or a
If so, this brochure will help you prepare for
an important change in broadcasting coming
in February 2009.
Television broadcasting is moving from an old
standard – known as “analog” – to a new
standard, called “digital.” After February 17,
2009, all television broadcasts will be digital.
After February 17, 2009, all analog televisions
getting programming “over the air” through
an antenna will need to be plugged into a
special television converter to receive
Although February 2009 migh