OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thousands of television viewers in Oklahoma could soon find nothing on their screens but static.
TV stations across the nation will switch to digital TV on Feb. 17, forcing over-the-air TV viewers with traditional analog television sets to purchase digital-to-analog converter boxes and possibly upgrade their antennas.
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority officials held a series of public meetings today as part of an effort by the Public Broadcasting Service to answer viewer questions about the government-mandated switchover and what will be required to receive TV signals with analog TV sets after the switch.
Lori Holliday, the deputy director for educational outreach at OETA, notes that Oklahoma is a rural state and estimates that between 17 percent and 20 percent of Oklahomans are over-the-air viewers. That means they view television directly from analog signals transmitted by TV stations and will need to obtain digital-to-analog converter boxes.
Coupons are available to help defray the cost of these boxes.
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