TV / DTV

Digital Television is here! WPSU Analog TV ends April 22, 2009.

NOTE: Channels 8 and 23 moved to digital broadcast on February 17. Channels 6 and 10 plan to make the transition on June 12. And WPSU will go digital on April 22.

Analog TV Ends 2/17/09

What do I need to know to keep watching WPSU?

U.S. television stations must turn off their analog channels and broadcast exclusively in the new digital format (DTV) after June 12, 2009. Digital television provides dramatically clearer pictures, better sound quality, and more programming choices. Many viewers are already enjoying WPSU's high definition (HD) and other digital services.

We want to be sure every WPSU viewer comes with us into the digital age, and we're eager to help you with the information you need so you don't lose WPSU after April 22, 2009. On that day, by law, we must pull the plug on analog broadcasting. If you're not yet receiving digital TV, read on.

Why is this change happening?

DTV is a more flexible and efficient technology than the current analog system.

The switch to digital broadcasting will enable television stations to offer dramatically clearer pictures, better sound quality, and more programming choices. WPSU already multicasts its regular schedule, its HD (high definition) service, and the PBS World channel.

Since digital television uses less spectrum than analog television, the analog turn-off will also free up some of the airwaves to provide wireless spectrum for future innovative services for public safety and business.

What if I currently have cable TV?

If you get your TV from a cable or telephone provider like Comcast, Atlantic Broadband, Time-Warner, or one of the many smaller cable companies, your cable company will see that you continue to get local stations.

What if I currently have satellite TV?

If you get your local TV from one of the U.S. satellite services, DirecTV or DISH Network, your satellite company will see that you continue to get local stations.

What if I currently use an antenna?

If you receive over-the-air television programming by rabbit ears or another type of indoor or outdoor antenna and want to continue using your antenna, you will need either a newer digital TV set or a digital converter box connected to each older analog television set you use.

Converter Box Coupons

The U.S. government will issue up to two converter box coupons valued at $40 each to each U.S. household requesting them. Each coupon may be used toward the purchase of one DTV converter box.

Visit the TV Converter Box Coupon Program Web site for more information, or call 1-888-388-2009.

Is digital TV the same as HDTV (high definition television)?

All HDTV is digital, but not all digital TV is HD. Some digital television broadcasts are in standard definition, a format that looks as good (or better) as the best quality analog broadcasts.

To see true HD, you need a HD television set. However, you can still enjoy WPSU's HD programs on an analog television set if you connect a digital converter box.

What is analog television?

Analog television is what most people still have. It's the traditional method of transmitting television signals. Analog transmission has been the standard broadcast technology since TV began.

Analog is not as efficient as digital television; it uses up much more of the valuable spectrum than digital. Analog is also susceptible to interference and "snow" that make a picture less clear.

What equipment do I need to continue to use an analog TV?

If you currently receive free over-the-air television programming on an analog television set and you want to keep using it, you will need to connect a DTV converter box before june 12, 2009. Converter boxes are available now at local retailers.

The WPSU digital channel is broadcast in the UHF band so be sure that your antenna can receive UHF channels. Most antennas purchased in the past 10 years will work.

Check out another excellent resource for all things related to digital TV and the transition from analog TV.

What is a DTV converter box?

A DTV converter box is an easy-to-install electronic device that hooks up to your analog television set and over-the-air antenna. It converts the digital television signal into analog, making it viewable on your analog TV.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will issue up to two converter box coupons valued at $40 each to each U.S. household requesting them. Each coupon may be used toward the purchase of one DTV converter box. Visit the TV Converter Box Coupon Program Web site for more information, or call 1-888-388-2009.

Where can I buy a DTV converter box?

The government has certified large electronics retailers and many others to sell coupon-eligible boxes. Online sellers are also expected to carry the boxes. Check with your local store to find out when the boxes will be available.

What should I look for if I purchase a new digital TV?

If you're going to buy a new digital TV, you may want to check the FCC Web site for information about shopping for a digital TV.

You can also find information from Consumer Reports.

I still have questions. Who can I ask?

WPSU will be happy to assist as we can. Call us at 814-865-3333, or send an e-mail to dtvquestions@psu.edu

Resources

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