Sen. Richardville reminds residents of June 12 digital TV switch
LANSING - The implementation of the digital TV transition will occur on Friday, June 12, said Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. This follows a five-month postponement by the federal government.
“Television is an important source of information to families, providing emergency details, news, community service programs, and even important social contacts,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Residents using a TV that was made before 1998 or that don’t have cable or satellite, will need to take action so they can continue using the device.”
Congress mandated in 2005 that all full-power television stations switch to digital television. About 1.5 million Michigan residents rely on over-the-air signals and do not have cable or satellite service.
To maintain access to news, entertainment and emergency information, these residents need to do one of the following: purchase a new television with a built-in digital tuner, subscribe to cable or satellite service or acquire and install a digital-to-analog converter. TV viewers planning to obtain a converter box will still need a set-top or rooftop antenna.
For more information, visit www.michiganDTV.com or call the Michigan DTV helpline at: 1-888-643-8809.
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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