With the digital television (DTV) transition set to officially (and finally) take place this Friday, TV stations throughout the nation will no longer broadcast their programs via analog signals. What this means is that you must have a TV with a digital tuner if you want to continue to watch your favorite shows—or, if you still have a TV with an analog tuner, it must be connected to satellite or cable TV service. Another option, if you prefer to receive broadcasts over the air on your analog TV, is to purchase a digital converter box and a suitable indoor or outdoor antenna to ensure that you’ll be getting the best digital signals possible.
To help you with the switch to digital television, check out our TV & Video Buying Guides designed to answer any questions you may have. In addition, we also have a Antenna Buying Guide to provide you with all the information you need to select the perfect antenna for your location. Indoor antennas often can get the job done, but sometimes they are not able to pick up strong enough signals to get good reception, so the only option is to have an outdoor antenna installed. Abt Custom Audio/Video installs roof antennas, and if you already have cable TV service on your main TV but are using rabbit ears for your kitchen or bedroom TVs, we can also run a new cable feed to those locations.
As a final note, in case you’re thinking there might be another extension of the switch-over deadline, this statement from President Obama should clear things up:
“On June 12, the nation’s full-power television stations will switch to all-digital programming. In February, I worked with Congress to postpone the deadline television broadcasters had to end their analog signals, because it was clear that millions of Americans would have been left in the dark if the conversion had gone on as planned. Still, some people are not ready. I want to be clear: there will not be another delay. I urge everyone who is not yet prepared to act today, so you don’t lose important news and emergency information on June 12. And I encourage all Americans who are prepared, to talk to their friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they get ready before it’s too late.”
If you still have questions about the DTV transition, or know someone who does, please contact our knowledgeable sales staff or technical support personnel at 1-888-228-5800. —by Graham W.