On February 17, 2009, the television broadcast spectrum that we have been using for the last 68 years will no longer be used for the transmission of television content. On that day, the analog spectrum will be dedicated solely for the use of consumer electronics. The FCC has mandated that all future television broadcasts will only be receivable via digital transmission.
If you want to continue receiving "Over The Air" television programs, and you are using an older model t.v. that does not have a built in ATSC tuner, you will need to purchase a digital converter box in order to view the broadcast signal.
Luckily the U.S. Government has decided to help ease the cost of the transition. Until March 31, 2009, all U.S. households will be able to request two $40 coupons that can be applied to the cost of buying a digital-to-analog converter box. This will enable older non-digital televisions to continue receiving over the air programming.
Cable and Satellite customers will not be affected by this transition.
Now run and tell Grandma and Grandpa so they don't miss one exciting episode of "The Price Is Right".