“All full-power broadcasting stations are (now) broadcasting in both analog and digital signals,” Federal Communications Commission spokesman Rick Kaplan said. “But anybody who has a television that receives only analog signals is going to have to make a switch.”
To receive digital signals on an analog TV, you can get a converter box that turns digital signals into analog signals. If you’re already paying for cable or satellite with an analog television, you do not need a converter box.
The switch to digital was set to take place Feb. 17, but Congress passed the DTV Delay Act, which moved the deadline to June 12.
Kaplan said 42 percent of stations nationwide have already made the switch to digital; however, many more people will be affected Friday.
If you need a converter box, you have until July 31 to order a discount coupon online from www.DTV.gov or by calling 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY). Two $40 coupons are available per household.
“It takes nine to 10 days to receive the coupon, so people should know they’re going to have to go a few days without television,” Kaplan said.
The boxes sell for anywhere between $49 and $69 at local retail outlets.
For information about approved converter boxes, where to purchase boxes or for help installing converter boxes, go to www.DTV.gov to find help locally.
Click here to see more information about the DTV transition, including how to order discount coupons for converters.