I’d like to express a big thank you to everybody who either joined KRCB for the first time, or renewed your membership, during our recent Winter Pledge Drive! All my best wishes for a happy holiday season and a great 2009!
Speaking of which…On February 17, 2009, KRCB and all other full power TV stations, will turn off their analog transmitters and will continue broadcasting as digital TV stations. If you currently receive KRCB via cable TV or satellite, you should not notice anything changing. Your reception should stay the same.
If you currently receive us over the air using rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna, you will need to do one of three things –
Purchase a new television with a digital tuner.
Subscribe to a cable or satellite service.
Purchase a set-top converter box for your current TV.
The reason that I’m telling you this now is that the FCC recommends that you apply to receive your $40.00 discount coupon to purchase your digital conversion box before December 31, 2008.
Here’s what you do to get your TV Box Conversion Coupon.
Visit dtv2009.org or call 1-888.DTV.2009 (388.2009). Along with your coupon you will receive a list of retailers who carry the boxes and accept the coupons. Don't delay. Coupons are limited.
According to Acting NTIA Administrator Meredith Baker. "It takes approximately six weeks to apply for the coupon, buy the box and try it out so it is imperative that consumers take action by December 31 or look at other options to make the transition prior to February 17, 2009."
So onward to digital television. KRCB will look and sound better and will soon provide you with additional digital programming services. Watch this blog and KRCB for more about that in the New Year.