What happens on February 17, 2009?
On this day, all television stations in the US will cease analog broadcasting and only broadcast in digital.
Who is affected by this transition?
Viewers that have an analog TV, HD Ready, HD Display/Monitor and receive TV programming using an antenna will be affected by this transition. Analog TVs are TVs without built-in digital or ATSC tuner.
Who is not affected?
Viewers that subscribe to a cable or satellite service will not be affected. In addition, if you do have an HDTV with a built-in ATSC/digital tuner, an antenna or HDTV antenna will allow digital and HDTV (depending on the area availability) programming.
I’m affected, now what?
Using your existing antenna and a Digital to analog TV Converter box *, that is available today, is all you need to ensure you’ll never miss your favorite TV program once this transition takes place. Or, upgrade your TV to HD to receive the best view money can buy! Stop by our HDTV Deals page to catch the latest and greatest in HD at an affordable price.
* Buy.com is not currently participating in the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. For more information on this program, please visit www.dtv2009.gov.