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I Want My DTV: Groups Working to Keep You Connected

June 8, 2009

Detroit, Mich. – Television can be a lifeline for news and emergency information, especially for seniors, immigrants, people with disabilities and low-income families. And this week, as Americans tune in to a new kind of television, advocacy groups are making a last-minute push to ensure that the switch from analog to digital signals does not leave those most in need of free TV - in the dark.

The "big switch" happens this Friday, June 12, when analog television screens go blank and a converter box will be necessary to pick up the new, digital television signals. Michael Gottlieb, a Michigan DTV Helpline spokesman, says for many, if cable or satellite television isn't an option, the cost of a converter box and new antenna is frustrating. Some also are having difficulty understanding how digital signals work.

"With analog, you could sort-of fine tune or turn a knob, or move your antenna, or put a piece of tinfoil on it and it would lock in the station. With digital you either get it, and get it perfectly - or you don't get it at all."

Even if you aren't ready for the change on Friday, Gottlieb says, you can do it anytime afterward.

"It doesn't mean that if you're not prepared, you can't get prepared on the 13th, or the 15th, or July 25th. You'll still be able to adapt after the change - but, your TV screen will go black if you're not ready."

Every over-the-air television station in Michigan will conduct a last test to let you know if your television is ready for the digital transition. It's scheduled for Tuesday at 7:59 p.m. Questions also can be directed to the Michigan DTV Hotline, at 1-888-MI-DTV-09.

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI