Answers to DTV Questions | Video| 1/19/2009
The countdown to the digital transition is nearing its end. For KMOT viewers Wednesday, January 21st is the deadline. Our station will be one of the first in the nation to broadcast exclusively in digital. We want to make sure your television is ready by answering your questions.
"The most common question I get is, is my TV ready," says Don Plew from Pacific Sound and Video.
Don Plew is a manager at Pacific Sound and Video in Minot. He has been preparing his customers for the digital transition for the past year. He helps address our viewers concerns.
"Where do I get a converter box?" says a Minot viewer.
"Any big retailer will most likely sell the converter boxes. You could always buy a new digital TV, which will provide a better digital picture," says Plew.
"We`ve got cable on all our televisions and because of that they tell us we`re fine?" says Ed Barnard of Minot.
"If your television is digital or a signal coming from cable, satellite, digital cable are all going to stay in a formal an analog television will pick up," says Plew.
"Many people have more than one television in their home. And while one is hooked to cable, others may not be. How do you make sure all your televisions are digital ready?" asks the reporter.
"The one connected to cable will work. If the others are hooked to rabbit ears or an antenna, you will have to find out of the TV has a digital tuner. If it doesn`t, the TV will need a converter box,` says Plew.
If you receive television signal from an antenna on your house or rabbit ears, you will need a converter box. However, the majority of viewers will be fine as they are cable or satellite subscribers, or own a digital television. Either way, the digital changeover is drawing closer and when the switch happens on Wednesday we hope KMOT viewers are ready.
If you have any questions or concerns, visit www.kmot.com and click on the DTV link on the right side of the screen. You will find information on the transition, links for converter box coupons and links to more websites that have good information. You can also call KMOT at 852-4101.