Posted: Oct 31, 2007 5:06 am
Broadcasters and TV manufacturers are starting to realize they need to get the word out so the nation's 20 million households that rely on free, over-the-air broadcasts don't turn on their TVs to find a blank screen on Feb. 17, 2009, the transition date. The switch won't affect the estimated 96 million consumers who subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
Those most likely to be affected are the poor and elderly.
_What happens on Feb. 17, 2009?
Analog-television broadcasts end in the United States. That doesn't mean the end of free-broadcast television, but consumers will need either a TV with a digital tuner, cable- or satellite-TV service, or a converter box for their old analog TVs.
_Who will be affected?
The 20 million households that rely solely on free, over-the-air broadcasts, as well as millions of households that have secondary TV sets that receive over-the-air signals.