The advantages of digital television are many, as digital broadcasting provides a clearer picture, more programming options, and will free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.
In order for you to continue to watch television, you’ll need to have either a DTV-ready television set, or buy a digital converter box for your television. In preparation for this switch, the federal government is sponsoring a coupon program for citizens who need to buy a converter box. For more information on the coupon program, please visit http://www.dtv2009.gov.
More information on DTV:
- The Federal Communications Commission’s DTV website: http://www.dtv.gov
- The FCC’s DTV Consumer Facts webpage: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/digitaltv.html
- The National Association of Broadcaster’s DTV website: http://www.dtvanswers.com
- Digital Television Transition Coalition: http://www.dtvtransition.org
- Wikipedia article on DTV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_television
- Earth-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Your Old TV: http://www.thestreet.com/story/10411170/1/earth-friendly-ways-to-chuck-your-analog-tv.html
- Watch “DTV 101: A Consumer’s Guide to Digital Television”
But be warned – because this is such a widespread program and affects so many people, there are already reports of scams and misleading advertising:
Make sure you get enough information before you purchase a converter box or new television. For product reviews, check out our Consumer Information Resources webpage, or contact the Reference Desk for help.