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“My TVs receive a signal in more than one way.”


Consider every TV in your home and review the descriptions below. Find the section that describes how each of your TVs gets its signal to learn if it is affected and if so, what you can do to get ready for DTV.


TVs with Cable

The change to an all-digital broadcast format only affects free, over-the-air broadcast TV, not cable systems. Those TVs that are connected to cable should not be affected. Some cable companies may offer their customers an opportunity to upgrade to digital cable. However this isn't related to the change in free, over-the-air television broadcast format.


TVs with Satellite

The change to an all-digital format only affects free, over-the-air broadcast TV. Those TVs that are connected to satellite should not be affected.


TVs with Antennas

The upcoming change affects free, over-the-air broadcast TV — the kind received by a set-top or rooftop antenna. Whether or not your TVs are ready depends on whether they have built-in digital tuners. TVs with built-in digital tuners should already be receiving any digital broadcast signals available in your area and are ready for DTV. TVs that don't have built-in digital tuners will stop receiving TV signals in February 2009 if no steps are taken to prepare them for the change.

Do your TVs have a built-in digital tuner? (how do I know?)

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