Texoma RSVP assisting seniors/low income with DTV transition

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- One of the biggest changes in television history is about to take place in the U.S. But KXII-TV viewers may be left in the dark if they don’t take action by February 6, 2009.

Last week the House failed to approve a measure that would move the digital television transition date from February 17 to June 12.

Texoma RSVP Director, Julia Traweek, stated, “We are finding many seniors and low income families still have not taken action towards readying themselves for the DTV transition and a great number of citizens do not even know what is taking place.”

Texoma RSVP is a federal program with Texoma Senior Corps and the Texoma Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities that connects 55+ citizens with volunteer opportunities in Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties.

To help answer the many questions the transition to digital television (DTV) raises, TEXOMA RSVP has been taking calls and walk-ins at the Texoma Council of Governments building in Sherman since last April.

Ms. Traweek announced Monday that the Texoma RSVP staff is still assisting the public by offering information regarding the conversion to DTV, as well as, filling out applications in order to receive a free $40 coupon towards the purchase of a TV converter box. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the arm of the Commerce Department administering the program, is now sending out new coupons as older, unredeemed ones reach a 90-day expiration date and free up more money.

A federal law enacted in 2006 requires all full-power TV stations to stop broadcasting analog signals and broadcast only in digital after February 17, 2009. The transition to digital television provides consumers with a clearer picture, more programming, and frees up spectrum for advanced wireless broadband services and interoperable communications among emergency first responders.

For viewers who have one or more televisions that receive free over-the-air programming (with a roof-top antenna or “rabbit ears” on the TV), the type of TV you own is very important. If you have an analog television, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to continue to watch broadcast television on that set. This converter box will also enable you to see any additional multicast programming that your local stations are offering.

Don’t let your television go dark after February 6, 2009. For further information call Texoma RSVP at 903-813-3588 or 1-800-677-8264 ext. 3588.

Or visit KXII-TV's DTV Transition Webpage.

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