On June 12, 2009, analog television signals were turned off and the nation began using digital television signals to transmit over-the-air television. Most Utahns have made the transition to digital television, but if you haven’t it is not too late.
How do I make the transition?
You have three options, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Learn about each one to make the best decision for your family.
Can I still get a government coupon for a converter box?
- Use a converter box
This small, inexpensive device connects to your analog television and antenna to convert the digital signals television stations are now broadcasting into analog signals your TV can use.
- Subscribe to a pay service
Your cable or satellite provider converts the signal for you.
- Buy a digital television
Purchase a digital (DTV) or high-definition (HDTV) television and hook it up to your antenna. HD sets are high-end digital television sets. You do not need a high-definition set to watch digital television.
Unfortunately, no. The deadline to apply for a coupon was July 31, 2009.
Can I still use my coupons?
Your coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed to you. The expiration date is printed on each coupon.
Do I need a new antenna?
It depends. If you watch television over the air, your current antenna is both UHF and VHF, and it gives you a good signal for analog channels 2-51, it should work when it is hooked to a converter box or a digital television. You may have to adjust where your antenna is placed or the direction it is pointing. Visit AntennaWeb.org
for details on the most effective way to place and orient your antenna, as well as advice about what type of antenna might be best for you.
What is HDTV and how does it relate to the digital transition?
High-definition television (HD or HDTV) is the highest quality of digital television. It is available through free over-the-air broadcast, as well as via pay services like cable or satellite. HD programs can be received by any digital television (or an analog television with a converter box), but the program will not be in true high definition unless it is viewed on an HD television set.
I live in a rural area and watch KBYU Eleven through a translator. How does this affect me?
In some areas served by translators the signal wasn’t affected by the digital transition on June 12, 2009, because translators and low-power transmitters have a different transition schedule. In parts of Utah, some stations are available on a digital translator while others are still using an analog one. Viewers in Kane, Garfield, Piute, Wayne, Sevier, and Sanpete counties can find detailed information at Utah Six County DTV's Web site.
I still have questions about digital television, where can I go for help?
The KBYU Eleven Viewer Services team is a phone call away weekdays from 8am to 5pm at 1-800-298-5298. You can also send us your questions anytime via e-mail
There are also a number of useful Web sites and national resources. We suggest:
To view the public FCC reports, click here.