Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

The Transition to DTV is in Progress Now

by Suzanne Kantra on June 12, 2009

Today and tomorrow, June 12-13, 2009, TV broadcasters will be shutting down their analog signals and moving to digital. For many people there will be no interruption in service, but even if you already have an HDTV you may need to rescan for channel changes.

Those that do not need to take action include:

  • Cable subscribers
  • Satellite TV subscribers that have a local TV package from their satellite provider
  • FiOS subscribers

Those that need to take action include:

  • Analog TV owners using an antenna
  • HDTV owners using an antenna
  • Satellite TV subscribers that use an antenna for local broadcast channels

What you need:
A DTV converter box
An antenna

If you have trouble with installation or reception, there are 3 ways to get help.

  1. Log on to
  2. Call 1-888-CALL-FCC (888-225-5322)
  3. Go to a local support service center. There’s a list at



, News, Music and Video, TVs & Video Players

Discussion loading


From JD on June 27, 2009 :: 10:35 am

Went by without a whimper.  Similar to Y2K.



From Bill65 on January 13, 2011 :: 3:23 pm

Yeah makes me mad the did, this now we can only use three TVs in my house with cable.  Now my downstairs TV only gets 2, 4, and 7.  Oh well, I guess it was going to happen sooner or later.


Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.