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NEW! I have my digital box connected to my antenna and can’t receive KLRN.

What is digital television (DTV)?

Why switch to digital? Couldn't we continue to operate both the current system and digital like we're doing now?

How do I tell if my TV set is digital?

Do I need to buy a new TV to watch digital television?

What do I do if my converter box coupon expires before I have purchased a converter box?

Do I need to buy a new antenna to watch digital TV?

Will my VCR work once I've connected the converter box to my TV?

Is digital television the same as HDTV?

What is the difference between high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD)?

If I subscribe to a cable or satellite service, will I be able to watch all of KLRN's digital channels?

Will I still see closed captioning on my KLRN digital channels?

What will happen if I don't switch to digital TV?

I have more questions about how to make the switch to digital TV. What should I do?

 

What is digital television (DTV)?

DTV is a new technology that provides viewers with better pictures, sound and even more programming choices. Once you switch to DTV, you can watch all four of KLRN's digital channels: KLRN, KLRN Encore, KLRN Create and KLRN V-me. And they're all free when you watch over the air with an antenna or rabbit ears.

Why switch to digital? Couldn't we continue to operate both the current system and digital like we're doing now?

The federal government has required that all broadcasters, including KLRN, switch to digital broadcasting after June 12, 2009 in order to free up valuable broadcast spectrum for other purposes, including use by public agencies and emergency first responders, and for expanded wireless services. For KLRN and other broadcasters, this switch is not optional — it's an FCC mandate.

How do I tell if my TV set is digital?

If your TV is more than a couple of years old, it's probably not digital. Check your owner's manual to see if it mentions a digital tuner, or look on the set for an indication of an ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner. If your TV has one, your TV set is digital and you've already made the switch. Find out how to watch KLRN's digital channels.

You can also check the manufacturer's Web site for further details about your model. If there's no mention of digital ("digital-ready" does not mean your set is digital) or ATSC, then you have an analog set and you'll need to make the switch. Find out how to switch.

Do I need to buy a new TV to watch digital television?

No. If you are watching analog TV over the air using an antenna or rabbit ears, all you need to buy is a converter box. The converter box, available for as little as $10 after you redeem a coupon from the government, will convert the digital TV signals into a picture that can be displayed on your analog television.

Order a converter box coupon.

Find a converter box retailer in your area.

See a list of coupon eligible converter boxes.

If you do decide to purchase a new TV set, be sure to select a set with a built-in digital tuner. With this TV set, you can watch digital TV over the air using an antenna or rabbit ears for free — no paid subscription to a cable or satellite service is needed.

When you are shopping for TV sets, you'll need to choose between standard-definition digital TV and high-definition digital TV (HDTV). High definition offers the very best picture, but the extra step up to HDTV is entirely optional. Although prices are coming down, high-definition TVs are more expensive than standard-definition digital sets. As long as you buy a set with a built-in digital tuner, you'll be ready to watch digital channels.

What do I do if my converter box coupon expires before I have purchased a converter box?

If you are watching TV over the air using an antenna or rabbit ears — and you do not own a TV with a built-in digital tuner — you will need to purchase a converter box. The federal government has set up a special coupon program to make digital converter boxes affordable for everyone so you can continue to receive free television from KLRN and other local stations after the switch to digital.

Converter box coupons are good for 90 days from the date of issue, and each household can request up to two $40 coupons. If you have requested one coupon and it expires before you use it, you can apply for your second coupon. If you have requested two coupons and they both expire before you have used them, your household is no longer eligible for additional coupons - so pay close attention to the coupon expiration date.

Order a converter box coupon.

Find a converter box retailer in your area.

See a list of coupon eligible converter boxes.

Do I need to buy a new antenna to watch digital TV?

No. If the antenna or rabbit ears you are currently using to watch TV captures a good incoming signal, your antenna should continue to work well when your TV is hooked up to a converter box or with your TV with built-in digital tuner.

However, you will want to make sure you have a UHF/VHF antenna. Some digital channels appear in the UHF band and others on the VHF band. An antenna that receives both UHF and VHF signals will allow you to access a full range of digital channels.

If you need help choosing an antenna, visit antennaweb.org.

Will my VCR work once I've connected the converter box to my TV?

Your VCR will continue to work with your TV once you've connected it to a converter box. However, because your converter box will control which channel you're tuned to on your television set, you won't be able to watch one station and record another at the same time unless you connect a second converter box to your VCR.

Is digital television the same as HDTV?

No. Digital TV refers to the way the TV signal is put together for transmission from the broadcaster to the home antenna to the viewer's TV set. Digital TV is not the same as HDTV (high-definition TV). High-definition TV is the "high end" within the digital TV world. HDTV produces the highest-quality picture on the screen. Taking the extra step to high definition is entirely optional for you, just as it would be with the "high end" of any other product. You do not need a high-definition TV in order to receive digital channels. As long as you have a TV with a built-in digital tuner, or an analog TV with a set-top converter box, you can watch digital TV channels.

What is the difference between high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD)?

High definition (HD) is the best-looking, most attractive form of digital. It has the most detail in the picture. "Regular" digital is called standard definition (SD). KLRN has one HD channel KLRN and three SD channels KLRN Too, KLRN Create and the KLRN V-me.

If I subscribe to a cable or satellite service, will I be able to watch all of KLRN's digital channels?

That depends on your provider and your level of service. KLRN broadcasts four digital channels: KLRN, KLRN Too, KLRN Create and the KLRN V-me. Check with your cable or satellite service provider to find out which of these channels they carry.

Will I still see closed captioning on my KLRN digital channels?

Closed captioning is designed to assist deaf or hearing-impaired people, English Language Learners, young children learning to read and many others by displaying the dialogue or transcript of the audio portion of the program as printed words on the television screen. You will still be able to access closed captioning when you watch KLRN's digital channels.

What will happen if I don't switch to digital TV?

You will need to switch to digital in order to continue watching television after June 12, 2009. Switching to digital TV is easy and inexpensive. Plus — once you make the change — you can start watching all four of KLRN's digital channels right away. Find out how to switch to digital TV.

I have more questions about how to make the switch to digital TV. What should I do?

 

KLRN is here to help you make the digital switch. You can also contact us via email at dtv@klrn.org or call us at 210.270.9000 weekdays from 9am-4pm for advice on your specific situation.

 

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