You may know that full-power television stations in the US are required to stop using the old method of transmitting TV signals and start broadcasting exclusively in a digital format on February 17, 2009, but do you know what you have to do to 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. For a better look at the rules and a guide to figuring out if you need to switch, read more.
|Type of TV You Have||What You Have to Do to Switch|
|Antenna on Analog TV||If you watch free broadcast television using an antenna on a TV set that has an analog tuner – and don't subscribe to cable, satellite or other pay TV service – you will be affected by the transition. You can upgrade to DTV by taking one of three steps:
|Antenna on Digital TV||If your TV set has a built-in digital tuner, then you will continue to receive free programming after the transition.|
|Cable Television||If all of your TV sets are connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service, you should not be affected by the transition. But any sets not connected to a pay TV service will need to be upgraded before the transition.|
|Satellite Service||If all of your TV sets are connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service should not be affected by the transition. But any sets not connected to a pay TV service will need to be upgraded.
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