Is the day really almost here? Tomorrow, TV networks across the U.S. will end their analog broadcasts and switch to the more efficient digital technology. Millions of citizens have upgraded their TV sets to accommodate the change, but I imagine there are at least three people in Orange County who have yet to do so.
Hence, my reminder: One more day, folks! Get with it!
For those who need to upgrade, go to my DTV 2009 guide, at gadgetress.freedomblogging.com/dtv2009, which should answer all your questions. It will tell you that the cheapest way to upgrade your TV is to buy a converter box, for which the government is still offering $40 discount coupons. Plus, companies like Best Buy’s Geek Squad are offering free installation.
For everyone who opted for a converter box, don’t forget to rescan the machine to pick up any channels that went digital after you installed the box. If you can’t get certain channels, it could be an antenna issue. A “reception map” is available at fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps, which indicates the reception of channels in your neighborhood.
If anyone is having trouble understanding what’s going on, blame the Federal Communications Commission, which has set up a 24-hour hot line to answer any questions. That number is 888-225-5322 (or 888-CALL-FCC).
Additional help is available for consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing at: Communication Services for the Deaf at 877-388-4968, 877-889-4279 (TTY), 866-351-1950 (video phone), 888-CALL-FCC, and www.c-s-d.org.
More digital TV transition news:
Check out the Gadgetress Guide to the Digital TV transition.