Preparing for the Digital Television Switch

Oct 16, 2008
Frankly Speaking

Beginning February 17, 2008, television signals will only be broadcasted digitally, meaning that Americans who only use antennas will no longer be able to receive their analog signal.  Households who have cable service of any kind will not be affected by this change, but there are an estimated 19.6 million people who do currently receive analog signals only.

So what does this mean for you?  If you are currently only receiving an analog signal through an antenna for your television, you have three options.

  1. Purchase a Digital TV converter box for your existing television at any major retailer such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc.  Find a retailer near you.  They are priced around $50-$60.  If you choose this option, you may visit the Digital TV website and request a coupon for $40 off your purchase.  Each household may only receive two coupons and they must be used within 90 days, so please plan accordingly.  Once your coupon expires, you may not get a new one so make sure that your local electronic store provides them before requesting a coupon.
  2. Purchase a television set that has a digital converter inside.
  3. Subscribe to a local cable or satellite service provider, which will supply you with a converter box.

In an effort to assist their customers, some major cable companies are continuing to provide analog signals for additional time past the February 17th date.  Please contact your provider to see if your cable company has a similar policy.

This switch to digital cable will allow Oklahomans the opportunity to receive more television channels of better quality at the same low price. Please take the necessary steps to ensure that your service will continue after the digital cable switch on February 17th.  If you have any further questions, please contact my Yukon office at (405) 373-1958.

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