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Will Your TV Go Dark? (Part 2)

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 21, 2008 at 9:22 AM EST

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- When TV stations switch to broadcasting digital signals this time next year, will your TV go dark?

Monday we told you if you use rabbit ears for your TV's, you'll have to get some sort of converter box.

More on that in just a minute.

But here's what will happen to your TV if you have cable, Fios or satellite service.

If you use an antenna for any TV set in your house, even a little one in the kitchen, you'll have to get a digital converter box in order to continue to receive TV programming.

But in the end, you'll actually get more channels.

Bob Wilmers\Granite Broadcasting VP Technology: " On WPTA you have ABC, which is in high definition. But you also have the CW, which is a whole other network, which people can receive free over the air. On WISE, you've got NBC in high definition, then you've got MyNetwork TV and Weather Plus, which you can also receive with a digital set, free."

But what if you have cable, Verizon Fios, or satellite service?

You won't notice a difference.

Those companies will take care of processing the new digital signal for you.

It won't matter how old your TV is. You will still get all the programs you want to watch.

And you can still use your VCR, TiVO, DVR, whatever, to record your favorite programs.

But what about installing that digital converter box if you use an antenna right now?

Reporter: " If I need to get some sort of a box, would I have to have some 12-year old come over and install it for me?"

Ed Bouwsma\Stucky Brothers: "That box will automatically install itself. It's basically disconnect you antenna from the old to the back of the tv, put it on the box, put the box where your antenna was, you're done. It'll be very, very simple."

For a link to a website that answers frequently asked questions about the digital conversion, as well as one offering coupons for the digital converter boxes, go to the upper right corner of our home page and click on News Links.

So, to recap... if you use an antenna to watch TV, you'll need to get a converter box. But you can get a coupon to cover the cost of two per household.

And if you have cable, Fios, or satellite TV service, you won't need to do anything to continue to watch your favorite programs.

For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, as well as how to get coupons to cover the cost of the digital converter boxes, click on the News Links tab in the upper right corner of our home page.




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