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Generic Digital Television Transition Act 6 12 09 V1a

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Generic Digital Television Transition Act 6 12 09 V1a

  1. 1. Digital Television Transition RESCHEDULED to June 12, 2009 Targeted for Residential TV Viewers For Informational Purposes to the General Public TM 2008 Jerome Zaslow Clic ‘N Learn
  2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Welcome to this informational session. This session has been designed to help introduce you to the Act passed by Congress that will be changing the way free television is broadcast to you over the airways. </li></ul><ul><li>It will also help you to understand specifically what this change means to you and what actions you may need to take. </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  3. 3. What YOU Will Learn <ul><li>Describe the changes that will occur as a result of this Act of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Identify how this change will directly affect you and your family </li></ul><ul><li>Identify any actions you will need to take as a result of this change </li></ul>Upon completion of this session you will be able to: TM Clic ‘N Learn
  4. 4. The Digital Television Transition Act <ul><li>The Transition from Analog to Digital Broadcast </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005 Congress passed the Digital Television Transition Act </li></ul><ul><li>Currently channels 2 through 13 (VHF stations) and channels 14 through 99 (UHF stations) broadcast their signals over the airways in an Analog format that is free of charge to viewers and to cable and satellite service providers </li></ul><ul><li>This Act calls for a change (from Analog format to Digital format) in the way free television signals will be broadcast </li></ul><ul><li>This Act was originally scheduled for February 12 th , 2009 but NOW goes into effect on June 12 th , 2009 </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  5. 5. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Why Have We Done This? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital transmission has a sharper picture & better sound </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of space (or bandwidth) available to broadcast all TV channels is limited </li></ul><ul><li>1 Analog TV channel uses significantly more space than 1 Digital TV channel </li></ul><ul><li>- In the same space used for 1 Analog channel </li></ul><ul><li>- You can have between 8 to 12 Digital channels </li></ul>1 Analog Channel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 TM Clic ‘N Learn
  6. 6. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Why Have We Done This? (continued) </li></ul><ul><li>The same thing holds true when comparing Analog to High Definition or HD channels </li></ul><ul><li>- In the same space used for 1 Analog channel </li></ul><ul><li>- You can have 2 HD Channels </li></ul>1 Analog Channel HD 1 HD 2 TM Clic ‘N Learn
  7. 7. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>What Does This Mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Analog TVs (most TVs) cannot accept Digital signals to produce a picture </li></ul><ul><li>After June 12 th , 2009 , the following will occur… </li></ul><ul><li>- Analog TVs will no longer receive Analog signals </li></ul><ul><li>- ONLY Digital signals will be broadcast free of charge over the airways to YOU and to cable and satellite service providers </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  8. 8. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>What Does This Mean? (continued) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have an Analog TV it will either require… </li></ul><ul><li>- A device that will modify the Digital signal in order to produce a picture </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>- YOU will need to subscribe to a pay television service (either cable or satellite) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a TV with a Digital tuner, it can receive and process a Digital signal to produce a picture </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  9. 9. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Who WILL be Affected? </li></ul><ul><li>If YOU have an Analog TV and receive your television signals from the airways via an antenna </li></ul><ul><li>Who Will NOT be Affected? </li></ul><ul><li>If YOU have a TV with a Digital tuner </li></ul><ul><li>If YOU have an Analog TV and receive your television signals from a pay television service provider (cable or satellite) </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  10. 10. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>How do I identify a TV that has a Digital tuner? </li></ul><ul><li>ALL TVs sold after March 1 st , 2007 must disclose if it has an integrated Digital tuner </li></ul>An HDTV, EDTV, or SDTV has an Integrated Digital Tuner TM Clic ‘N Learn
  11. 11. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>How do I know if my TV DOES NOT have a Digital tuner? </li></ul><ul><li>All TVs sold after March 1 st , 2007 that DO NOT have an Integrated Digital tuner MUST be clearly labeled with a Consumer Alert notice </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re not sure check your owner’s manual or go to the manufacturer’s Web site </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  12. 12. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>TVs that DO NOT have a Digital tuner </li></ul><ul><li>(Examples): </li></ul><ul><li>An older Analog TV </li></ul><ul><li>A TV identified as a Digital Monitor or HDTV Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>A TV identified as Digital Ready or HDTV Ready </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  13. 13. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>What Choices do I have if I am Affected? </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase a TV with an integrated Digital tuner </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to a pay TV service provider (cable or satellite) </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase a converter device that will modify the Digital broadcast signal so your Analog TV can produce a picture </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  14. 14. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Digital Converter Box Facts </li></ul><ul><li>Pay television service customers (cable or satellite) will NOT need to purchase a Digital Converter Device </li></ul><ul><li>If you need one, YOU can purchase a Digital Converter Device for about $40 to $70 </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  15. 15. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Digital Converter Box Facts (continued) </li></ul><ul><li>YOU can receive a $40 Discount Coupon from the Federal Government through the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (a max of 2 coupons per household) </li></ul><ul><li>Coupons can be requested online at www.dtv2009.gov or by calling the 24 hour hot line at 888-388-2009 (TTY 877-530-2634) </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  16. 16. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>Your Role </li></ul><ul><li>You need to look closely and see if this will affect your service </li></ul><ul><li>If you are affected, you will need to take any appropriate steps so you continue receiving television service </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  17. 17. Summary <ul><li>You now should know: </li></ul><ul><li>The changes that will occur as a result of the Digital Television Transition </li></ul><ul><li>How these changes will directly affect you and your family </li></ul><ul><li>What actions you will have to take as a result of these changes </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn
  18. 18. The Digital Television Transition <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy a sharper picture and real life sound! </li></ul>TM Clic ‘N Learn

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