June 4, 2009
It's Hurricane season: To be fully prepared for critical weather updates, be sure you have switched to Digital TV!
Next Friday, June 12, 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and will switch to 100% digital broadcasting. Digital broadcasting will free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.
Individuals will need to either purchase a converter box, connect their TV to cable, satellite or other pay services, or buy a TV with a digital tuner boxes. With hurricane season upon us, having a TV and making sure it works is especially important for critical weather updates. Don't be left with a blank screen.
Through the end of July 2009, the Federal Government is providing up to two coupons per household, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of an eligible converter.
For more information about the digital conversion visit https://www.dtv2009.gov or call 1-888-225-5322 (voice) or 1-888-835-5322 (TTY)
To see where to recycle your old TV, www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/digital_conversion.html.
For full information about preparing for hurricane season, go to www.readyhoustontx.gov.