Unless Congress has a mental break down and extends the date for all digital TV signals, there is only about 356 days left before the big change. Most of us have seen the local advertisements with some vague advice about how to handle the change over. But the feds have a very good site for those who need information about the changeover and how to obtain $40 off coupons for converters if needed. As you may already know, converters are only needed for over the air signals and not for cable or satellite users.

There is also a great FAQ section that provides information such as:

 Analog television sets receiving free TV using an antenna will not work after February 17, 2009. Television viewers with these sets that are not connected to a pay TV service will need to take action before February 17, 2009, to ensure their TV sets continue to work. Consumers have a variety of options.

Options to explore include:

  1. Keeping your existing analog TV and purchasing a TV converter box. A converter box plugs into your TV and will keep it working after Feb. 17, 2009. It is expected to cost between $50 and $70 and be available in early 2008, or
  2. Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service, or
  3. Purchase a television with a digital tuner.

Hopefully the transition for all of us will be uneventful for everyone involved.

Comments welcome.

Here is the link for the information you will need here.

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