On February 17th, 2009 all full power TV stations will comply with a Federal mandate and switch from the analog format consumers have been watching since TV began to a new digital format. In Michigan, we estimate that over a half million households rely on over-the-air television and do not have cable or television service.
To maintain their access to news, entertainment and emergency information, impacted citizens must take one of the following steps:
* Acquire and install a digital-to-analog converter
* Purchase a new television with a built-in digital tuner.
* Subscribe to cable or satellite television service, where available.
Research indicates that the households most affected are disproportionately poor, elderly or rural. Even the federal government's coupon and converter program, which will provide citizens discount coupons for the purchases of digital-to-analog converters, will not fully serve the needs of those who have no disposable income or who are homebound and unable to go shopping for a converter. For more information on converter boxes or to request a coupon, call 1-88-DTV-2009 or online at www.dtv2009.gov.
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