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2 By law, all high-power TV stations are required to upgrade their broadcast technology by February 17, TV has evolved

3 This means they will stop sending analog television signals and start exclusively sending digital television (DTV) signals. Making the Upgrade

4 DTV technology has many advantages over analog technology. Why is this happening?

5 AnalogDTV traditional broadcast technology since TV first began older, less efficient technology ends February 17, 2009* innovative new broadcast technology more efficient and flexible than analog already available will be the only way to send TV signals over the air starting in February 2009 Analog TV vs. Digital TV *except low power stations and translators

6 refers to the broadcast standard OR the TV set itself allows viewers to enjoy higher quality TV picture and sound offers more programming choices frees up airspace for use by emergency response personnel provides opportunities for viewers to interact with their TVs, using options such as on-screen program guides Digital Television (DTV)

7 Good News! Digital TV is here now

8 Your DTV How-To

9 Step 1: Am I ready for DTV?

10 TVs connected to a pay service = should be ready (check with provider) TVs with built-in digital tuners = are ready TVs that receive a signal over the air and do not have built-in digital tuners = not ready…yet Am I ready for DTV?

11 Integrated digital tuner Digital tuner Digital receiver DTV ATSC HDTV Digital ready Digital monitor HDTV monitor HDTV ready Owners Manual How do I know if my TV already has a built-in digital tuner? DTV Ready NOT DTV Ready

12 Am I ready for DTV? TV connected to pay service TV with built in digital tuner Older TV without digital tuner

13 Buy a new DTV Sign up for a pay TV service Install a converter box Step 2: Choose an option

14 Before you buy a new digital TV, research your options. Option 1: Buy a DTV

15 Option 2: Subscribe to a pay service

16 Option 3: Install a converter box

17 Converter Box Coupon Program

18 Converter Box Coupon Details Visit or call DTV-2009 to apply Coupons expire after 90 days Coupons are only good on select converter boxes

19 Frequently Asked Questions

20 Whats the difference between HDTV and DTV? There are many types of digital TV. HDTV, which stands for high definition TV, refers to the high quality picture resolution.

21 When do I need to act? Getting ready for DTV now will give you time to troubleshoot any antenna or reception issues. The shutoff of analog signals occurs at midnight on 2/17/09.

22 Can I recycle my TV? Yes. Visit for more information

23 Will I still need an antenna? If you currently rely on an antenna to get your TV signal, you will still need one after February.

24 Where can I find more information? pbs.org/dtv

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26 Appendix

27 Converter Box How-To

28 Step 1: Unpack the box You should find: You may also find: the box a coaxial cable a remote control w/batteries the instruction manual a power cable; power supply; audio/video cables; and cable adaptors Owners Manual

29 Step 2: Connect the converter A) Disconnect your existing antenna by removing the coaxial cable from the antenna in jack on the back of your TV. B) Connect that antenna cable to the antenna in jack on the back of the converter box. B

30 Step 2: Connect the converter C) Use the supplied coaxial cable to connect the antenna out jack on the converter to the antenna in jack on the TV. D) Plug in the converter box power cable E) Install the batteries in the remote control. C

31 Step 3: Scan for Channels A)Turn on the TV and tune it to channel 3 B)Turn on the converter box. C) Follow the directions to scan for channels. D) Scan periodically to ensure youre getting all available DTV stations.

32 Converter Box Troubleshooting Consult your converter box manual for help specific to your converter box model. You may need to adjust the direction of your antenna to maximize channel reception. Its possible to use DVD players and VCRs with a converter box. Consult the converter box manual for specific instructions.

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