Something is about to happen among consumers in the US. The past week I have noticed a increased interest in answers about the DTV transition. When it comes to searches on the web, my guess is that NABs campaigns and their efforts to reach out is making a slow progress but with important effects. And desirable, not the least to say. NAB reports that 1,000 broadcasters are participating in the ongoing campaigns to educate consumers. And the theme is: DTV answers…
The top Q on Google got to be searches about practical answers for the DTV transition. When I punch in “DTV Answer” on Google this blog makes the top two searches. hmmm… Maybe NAB didn’t think of all us who forget to spell the question with an “S” in the end. The site and service NAB have set up is DTV Answers. Boy what a difference one syllable makes in the web world.. However let’s get moving about those question..
What are everybody looking for in terms of answers?
Let me guess:
– When is the DTV transition taking place?
– Where will it happen and when?
– What is the DTV transition?
– Do I need to do something?
– What should I do?
– Who is really affected?
– What about those coupons that I think I heard of somewhere, can I get one?
– What about one of those converterboxes…?
Please – make a comment what you are looking for when you stumble into this blog. I am happy to serve you with some answers and links to pass you on to other good sources of information and action. And I am curious about what you are looking for.
But until then – here are some of the answers that you may be looking for.
Q. When is the DTV transition taking place?
A. On the 17 of February 2009 all the analog tv-signals will be shut down and digital only tv-signals will continue to be broadcasted to your rooftop antenna. (If you use cable-TV or satellite-TV: that TV-set wont be affected).
Q. Where will it happen?
A. Throughout the whole United States at the very same day (as of now, no more information have been disclosed yet).
Q. What is the DTV transition?
A. It is the end of analog TV and the continuation for digital TV, OTA – over the air. Thats is if you use an antenna to recieve TV-signals to your TV-set. To make the transition is to get a converter box or choose any other way to recieve TV.
Q. Do I need to do something? And what should I do?
A. If you want to continue to use your TV and a rooftop antenna you should get a converter box for digital TV.
Q. Who is really affected?
A. TV sets connected to a rooftop antenna. And dont forget the TV set in your car, truck, summerhouse or trailer.
Q. What about those coupons that I think I heard of somewhere, can I get one?
A. Yes, there will be coupons to use when you buy a converter box. Check out NTIAs website.
Q. What about one of those converterboxes…?
A. No boxes in stores yet. But there will be…
If you need more answers, check out the blogroll to your right or go to www.dtvanswers.org