I have had a lot of people as me about this, so I this is inserted in my blog in order to help people get prepared for this change. In less than one year, digital TV will replace analog TV. That means that it has been passed under federal law that TV is to br browadcast for some kind of fee through Comcast, Verizon, ATT Uverse, Wowway, etc. I found this article I believe from DTV Transition’s website, explaining what you need to do.
On February 17, 2009 our nation’s broadcasters will terminate their analog television signals as part of the digital television (DTV) transition. If you have an analog television set you may need to purchase additional equipment to continue to receive a signal.
The DTV Transition will provide viewers a better television experience including a clearer picture and better sound quality. In broader ways it will benefit the public because digital television signals are more efficient than analog signals. The DTV transition will free up major portions of the airwaves for public safety communications such as police, fire and emergency rescue, as well as new wireless broadband services.
The DTV transition will only affect television sets that are receiving over-the-air broadcasters. It will not affect televisions that are connected to satellite or cable. If your television is connected to an over-the-air antenna (rabbit ears) you will need to attach a small digital-to-analog converter box to continue to receive a signal. If you have an analog television set which is connected to cable or satellite, they as service providers will make sure that your television set receives a viewable image. If you have a digital television set, your television is ready for the DTV Transition.
Converter boxes are available for purchase at some retail stores. The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 each. Every household may receive up to two $40 coupons to apply toward the purchase of up to two converter boxes. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a federal government agency, is in charge of the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program. To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at https://www.dtv2009.gov There is also a 24-hour hotline to take requests at 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
For additional information about the DTV Transition and what you may need to do to prepare for it, you can visit the Federal Communications Commission’s website http://www.dtv.gov/ or call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322).