Time to Transition

Ray Child, from Comcast, explains what television viewers need to do to be prepared.

In spite of recent discussions about when TV stations have to switch to digital signals, the switchover is still coming. When it does, many TVs in Utah will stop getting a signal, simply because they will not be able to receive the digital signal.

One easy way to avoid the whole issue is to sign up for cable or satellite. This way, you do not have to buy a converter. If you are going to buy a converter, you should know:

• Government coupons and converter information can be found on www.dtv2009.gov

• Each household is eligible for two $40 coupons.

• Converters cost between $40-$70.

Comcast has seen a steady increase in the number of people signing up for cable service, but Ray Child says there are still a large number of people that are not prepared for the switch.

A recent study showed that 200,000 households in Utah receive TV reception by antenna. This means that there are a lot of Utahns who are going to need to transition from normal television to digital. Comcast offers a dedicated website, www.comcast.com/dtv which includes an interactive tool that can help you create a personalized action plan for the broadcast digital transition based on your specific needs. Comcast is offering cable service for as little as $10 a month as an incentive to transition to cable television.

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