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TWICE DTV Countdown Clock

Check here for complete coverage as the DTV transition clock ticks toward Feb. 17, 2009.

DTV Questions Answered By The National Association of Broadcasters

What is DTV?
Digital television (DTV) is an innovative type of over-the-air broadcasting technology that enables TV stations to provide dramatically clearer pictures and better sound quality. 

Why the switch?

DTV technology is more flexible and efficient than the current analog system. The switch to digital broadcasting will allow television stations to offer crystal-clear pictures and sound, plus more channels and programming – all for free.

Who’s affected?

If you use an antenna to watch TV on a set that has an analog tuner – and don’t subscribe to cable, satellite or other pay TV service – you will need to upgrade to digital television by February 17, 2009.

How do I switch?

If you use an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television on an analog TV set – and don’t subscribe to a pay TV service – then you will be affected by the transition. If you pay for TV services, such as cable or satellite, then you will not need to upgrade.

Converter Box Details

A DTV converter box is an easy-to-install electronic device that hooks up to your analog television set and over-the-air antenna.

Choosing An Antenna

Using a good indoor or outdoor antenna will help maximize your over-the-air DTV reception.

TWICE DTV Transition Coverage

Waxman Postpones DTV Delay Vote
Qualcomm: DTV Delay Will Hurt MediaFLO Debut
Industry Balks At DTV Delay Push
CEA Offers Obama TV Delay Alternatives
CES 2009: FCC’s Martin Says Keep Feb. 17 DTV Deadline
CES 2009: Retail Reaction Mixed To DTV Delay
Another Twist In DTV Transition’s History
Big Four Networks Don’t Mind Delaying Digital Transition
Powell, Kennard Support DTV Delay
Obama: Delay DTV Transition
Proposals Would Bring TV Cutoff Delay
NAB, CBS Outernet Expand DTV Outreach
Sony Execs Frank On CE’s Q4 Outlook
CEA, NAB Announce DTV Contest Winner
Zenith Adds DTV Converter-Box Video
Planar Adds White LCD Monitor Lines
Plasma Panel Shipments See Q3 Growth
Panasonic, Comcast Launch Tru2way TVs

NTIA Puts Coupon Applicants On Wait List

IBM To Handle DTV Coupons

DTV Coupons To Be Mailed Feb. 17

Changes Seen In HDTV Adoption

Shapiro Blasts Transition Critics

CEA: More Consumers Know About DTV Transition

NTIA Set-Top Box Feedback Submitted

DTV Transition Shifts Into High Gear

Broadcasters Prepare For DTV Transition

Retailers Need To Prepare For Analog Shutoff

DTV Players Preview Digital Future At Best Buy Event

D.C. Forum Debates Need For More DTV Education

To Partner On

Accessories, The ‘Forgotten’ Category, Hits $11B At Retail

Jasco Adds To GE DTV Accessories, Home Security Lines

CEA Adds Smart Antenna Testing To Standard

Thomson, LG to Develop D/A Converter Boxes

LG Wins DTV Converter Box Certification

Zenith Converter Box Adds Analog Passthrough

AudioVox Launches Flat TV Antennas

Newest Antennas Amplify Home Reception Solutions

Best Buy Converter Boxes Arriving Next Week

Jasco Adds ‘Smart” Converter Box

NTIA Approves Philips’ Boxes

EchoStar DTV Converter Gets $39.99 Price

Dish Adds Enhanced TV Converter Box

National Telecom and Information Administration Chief Baker Exiting

NTIA Approves Apex TV Converter

CERC Applauds NTIA’s Retailer Certifications

House Approves Analog Cutoff Bill

Bush Signs Analog Cutoff Bill

Samsung To Offer D/A TV Converter

DisplaySearch: TV Shipments Still Growing (new)
JVC, Sensio To Develop 3-D D-ILA System

NTIA Issues DTV Coupon Rule