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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Digital TV Conversion is Coming
March 11, 2008
On February 17, 2009, all television stations are required to stop broadcasting in analog and broadcast in digital only. This is known as the digital television (DTV) transition. This change could impact 87,000 Maine households – almost 16% of the state -- that rely on only over-the-air TV signals for their news, weather and emergency information. According to the Maine Association of Broadcasters, the households affected are more likely to be low-income, elderly or rural. Those households with analog TVs that receive broadcast TV signals via an antenna will not receive television signals after the transition, unless they take action.
Why are television stations switching signals? All-digital broadcasting will give needed communications channels to police, fire and emergency rescue personnel. It will also allow for new wireless services for consumers. In addition, since digital is more efficient than analog, it allows stations to broadcast several programs at the same time, instead of just one program with analog. This means broadcasters can offer consumers more choices. Digital also allows broadcasters to offer improved picture and sound quality, including high definition (HDTV) programming.
The Maine Association of Broadcasters offers the following pointers for consumers:
The Maine Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has created a coalition of partners, including senior advocacy groups, social service organizations, state broadcasters, emergency managers and public safety agencies to spread the word about the transition. For more information, visit MAB online at http://www.mab.org
Contact:Maine Association of Broadcasters
623-3870 / 800-664-6221
Last update: 07/20/10
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