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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  • by Crone Location: Sherman on Feb 19, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    Every time I see comments from People, like BornAgainAmerican, I wanna repent.. I most definitely repent that people like BAG are allowed to reproduce. As a 63 year old retiree, if I had no tv to keep me off the streets at night... as I have night blindness, there would more than likely be a lot more of you repenting me being turned loose in the streets of Sherman. I hope BAG will search for the true definition of CRONE and realize that not all of us are born again, except at birth from a previous reincarnation.. There.. that should make just about all of you mad.. lol.. gotta go now.. The Vanna White show is coming on.. By the way, I too know Jesus. He is a little short guy , red hair, freckles, and glasses . He was telling me he would NEVER go to another Christian church and tell them who he was, he was going to stick to Mosques and Synagogues in the future.God Bless Tcog and President Obama. And @@##^^ that O Reilly feller..
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Feb 9, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Yep. Met him at Starbuck's just the other day! Seems like a really nice fella!
  • by Mark Location: Sherman on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    To Obsever of the Obvious. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, not Bill O'rielly. Do you know Jesus? Born Again American
  • by Erik Location: Boswell,Oklahoma on Feb 4, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    As KXII-TV Channel 12 prepares to turn off the analog signal this Friday,I am already prepared for the digital transition so I will never be left in the dark as a longtime KXII-TV Channel 12 viewer in the Sherman/Denison/Ardmore/Ada viewing area. Thank you KXII-TV for this Friday's digital signal transition.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    What are you people talking about is the gov taking away my TV? Is this another Obama plot to get votes
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Thank You KXII for getting it over with and changing over early!!!! Now if my cable company didn't use a converter box to broadcast with.
  • by Observer of the Obvious Location: Texoma on Feb 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Born Again, speaking of being too funny, I think that applies to you as well! Why don't you turn on the television, go bask in its warm glow, and revel in the "majesty" of your savior, Bill O'Reilly!
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Feb 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Holey cats! Like going a month or two without televsion would be total devastation! The other thing that kills me is that we have been being "warned" for over a year, so now the government is going to reward the slackers by giving them more time. Too funny!
  • by wondering Location: OK on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    I read one place that the new transmitters use a small fraction of the electricity? Can a KXII engineer respond about the relative kilowatts used?
  • by get your facts Location: right! on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    born again american: TCOG's programs mostly runs on grants and the salaries aren't what you call extravagant. Your disabled and used the goverment's program so why are you complaining.I could be nasty and assume that while i work hard and don't get ANY goverment assistance you get a check and the goverment is working on not taking taxes out of SSI which i think is OK but while you won't have taxes i will. I also know people that are on disability that to me shouldn't be and take advantage of the system. But i wont assume that on you since you know all the facts and don't use any goverment programs at all.
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