Important Information on DTV

WADL TV 38 Entertainment for Everyone Answers Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Transition To Digital TV.

What is the digital TV transition?

Congress has mandated that June 12, 2009 will be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. Broadcast stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both analog and digital. After June 12, 2009, full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only.

What is Digital TV?

Digital Television (DTV): Digital TV is a new type of broadcasting technology that will transform television. Because DTV is delivered digitally, the television signal is virtually free of interference.

What type of TV do you own?

What you need to know is whether your TV set has something called a “digital tuner” already built in. If it does, your TV set is already configured to receive and display the new digital over-the-air TV signals that will be transmitted in June 12, 2009. To check whether your TV set can receive over-the-air digital broadcast signals, take a look at your owner’s manual or look on the set for an indication that it has “digital input” or “ATSC” (for Advanced Television Systems Committee, which is developing the DTV format).

You can also go to the manufacturer’s website and check the capabilities of the set by the manufacturer model number.


If your television set is labeled as “analog” or “NTSC,” and is NOT labeled as containing a digital tuner, it contains an analog tuner only. You will need a converter.

Does your antenna will work with DTV?

DTV uses the same antennas as analog TV. If you already have a good VHF and UHF antenna, either indoors or on your roof, you don’t have to buy an antenna that is “HD Ready.” DTV broadcasters have been assigned channels in the VHF and UHF bands, between 54 and 700 MHz, where analog channels 2 to 51 are now. Therefore, as long as a DTV signal is available, your existing antenna should still work after the transition is complete.

How do you know if you need a converter

If you use “rabbit ears” or a rooftop antenna for TV reception, you will need a converter? Television sets connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service does not require converters. Televisions with digital tuners also do not need converters.

For more information visit

Click Here to view the DTV Consumer Education Quartery Activity Report. Note that it is in Adobe Acrobat format.

If you need a copy of the free Adobe viewer, Click Here