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The FCC has a newly revised DTV website. Consumers may go to www.dtv.gov to learn about DTV, check the status of their coupon application, and find helpful publications such as a troubleshooting guide that provides a converter box hook-up checklist and a guide that offers tips on the reception of digital signals.
The newly revised website also offers DTV reception maps for your neighborhood.

There are also 4 new publications relating to the DTV transition. Links below:

-- Read the FCC Rescan Notice
FCC Rescan Notice.pdf

--Remember to Rescan
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/rescan.pdf

--Antennas & Digital TV
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/dtvantennas.pdf

--Use Care When Calling About the DTV Transition
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/usecarewhencalling.pdf

 

About DTV

FAQ

DTV...Where do I start?
http://www.dtv.gov/

What is the DTV transition?
http://www.dtvtransition.org/

What is the DTV Coupon Program?
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/dtv/

How do I get a coupon?
http://www.dtv2009.gov/

Who is involved?
http://www.dtvanswers.com/

Other questions?
http://dtvfacts.com/

Troubleshooting Guide - download

What is Digital TV?

Broadcast Digital TV (DTV) is turbo-charged television, yielding clearer pictures, better sound, more programming and more viewing excitement than traditional analog television. Broadcast Digital TV offers a picture free of ghosts, snow or interference. The crisper, shaper image is due to the increased number of pixels the digital signal puts on the screen " the higher the number, the sharper the picture " and High-definition Television (HDTV) has the highest resolution available.

Furthermore, HDTV provides 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital CD-quality surround sound, adding to the ultimate home theatre experience. Broadcast Digital TV also enables broadcasters to multicast, bringing viewers multiple channels of over-the-air programming simultaneously in a Standard-definition Television (SDTV) format.

Why is Digital TV better than regular analog TV?

Broadcast Digital TV brings viewers five times the picture resolution and clarity of analog TV, making viewers feel like they are right in the middle of the action on their screens. Broadcast Digital TV uses binary code, the same system of ones and zeroes that runs on computers and digitally recorded compact discs. Switching TV broadcasts to digital is like switching from cassette tapes to compact disc or from VHS tape to DVD " the pictures are clearer, and sound is improved, giving viewers their favorite programs on a whole new level. In addition, with a 16:9 aspect ratio compared to todays 4:3 aspect ratio of analog television, Broadcast Digital TV lets viewers see "the big picture" with much wider images.

Will consumers have to pay to receive Digital TV broadcasts?

No. Unlike digital cable and digital satellite where consumers pay monthly fees for services, Broadcast Digital TV provides high quality programming and more content via FREE, OVER-THE-AIR broadcasts.

What about my existing analog TV?

Until the total conversion to Broadcast Digital TV is made (June 12, 2009), broadcasters will generally simulcast the same programs on two different channels " one in a digital format and one in analog. Viewers with analog sets will be able to adapt a digital tuner decoder box to their sets. They will be able to receive sharp, crisp and vivid digital based programming, however, they will not be able to experience the stunning visual clarity and sound quality that an HDTV display provides.

(from NTIA.doc.gov) NTIA Releases Final Rule on Digital Television Converter Box Coupon Program:
The converter box coupon program will assist Americans in receiving over-the-air broadcast television programming when full-power television stations cease analog broadcasting after June 12, 2009. 
 Press Release [ -- HTML -- MS Word -- Acrobat PDF -- ] -- En Espaol
 Archived video of the 03-12-2007 NTIA Press Conference (116Mb Windows Media Video File Format)

 Final Rule on Digital Television Converter Box Coupon Program
   [ -- HTML -- WordPerfect -- Acrobat PDF (292Kb) -- ]
 Digital TV Fact Sheet for Consumers (Acrobat PDF 181 Kb)
 Digital TV Fact Sheet for Retailers (Acrobat PDF 178 Kb)
 Digital TV Fact Sheet for Manufacturers (Acrobat PDF 242 Kb)
 Digital Television Transition & Public Safety Web Site

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