Ok here is the propaganda:
"The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires TV stations to stop broadcasting in analog and to broadcast only in digital after February 17, 2009. The digital transition will provide a better viewing experience for consumers and help emergency responders protect your community."
The deadline is fast approaching...February 17th 2009 at midnight broadcasts will no longer be analog and your TV will no longer work...well maybe.
You basically have four options:
1.) Do nothing...forget about TV and spend your time doing something productive.
2.) Purchase a converter box for your analog TV so you can pick up the digital signal.
3.) Purchase a cable or satellite package. If you have either of these you have nothing to worry about.
4.) Buy a new TV that picks up the digital signal (digital tuner)
As I said those of you who have cable or satellite have noting to worry about your TV will work just fine on doomsday.
For those of you who enjoy staticy 2,4,5,7,9,11 and 13 with a set of rabbit ears there is also hope. The government wants to help! Hey stop laughing...I am serious.
Go to https://www.dtv2009.gov/ and they will provide you with a rocking coupon to aid in your purchase of the needed converter box to make your TV more than a large paper weight.
---From the DTV website---
How do I request a coupon?
Between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009, you can request a coupon while supplies last in one of four ways:
Call the Coupon Program 24-hour hotline 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
Mail a coupon application to: PO BOX 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000. Download a Coupon Application here.
Fax a coupon application to 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632)
Deaf or hard of hearing callers may dial 1-877-530-2634 (English/TTY) or 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish/TTY). TTY Service is available from 9 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
Will the transition affect me?
You will need to take action before February 17, 2009 if you currently watch TV on an analog TV set that is not connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service. If you own a television with a digital tuner or subscribe to a pay TV service, you will likely continue to receive TV programming as usual after the transition.
Like you didn't have enough crap to worry about...
...that is all.
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