June 12, 2009
Today is the day that television stations all across the country complete their transition to digital programming. The Federal Communications Commission is offering a number of resources to answer questions and help people navigate the change. If you have questions, call the FCC's DTV Hotline at 1-888-225-5322. Staff will be available 24 hours a day through the weekend to provide assistance. You may also visit the FCC's digital television website at www.dtv.gov, which offers comprehensive information about the transition, including a database of local resources, troubleshooting tips and technical assistance.
If you currently subscribe to a pay television service such as cable or satellite, or if your television has a digital tuner, you should not need any additional equipment. If you find that you require a converter box in order to receive the digital programming, you may order a coupon from the FCC to defray the cost of the equipment. You can do this by calling the hotline or going to www.dtv.gov, where you will also be able to search for retailers near you. You can also find information about in-home service calls, if you would like someone to install the equipment.