The Digital Television transition is coming.

On Oct. 23, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will be in Seattle for two Public Forums on the upcoming Digital Television transition, the issues affecting urban and rural TV viewers, and how you can get ready. Times and locations:

Oct 23, 3pm at the Seattle Downtown Library (4th and Madison)
Oct 23, 6pm at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way).

Coupons are available for $40 off the cost of a DTV converter box. Order yours today, or complete an application on Oct 23. Click here to learn more about the coupon program, the DTV transition, and what it all means to you.
On Feb. 17, 2009, all over-the-air TV will switch to a new digital format.

For most over-the-air TV viewers, that will mean clearer pictures and more channels. But some people in rural areas or dense urban communities may experience problems with reception - and everyone who relies on over-the-air TV needs to prepare now for the upcoming transition.

Will this affect you?

If you watch TV over the air, you will need to get a digital tv converter box in order to still watch TV after the conversion on Feb. 17. That means you if your TV more than two years old, if it uses "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna, and if you do not have cable, satellite or another pay TV service.

If your family and friends include seniors, people with disabilities, rural, low-income or immigrant households who watch broadcast TV, you need to learn about the upcoming transition and how to keep our TV screens from going black on Feb. 17.

What you can do:

Attend a public forum to find out more about the DTV conversion. On Oct 23, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will be in Seattle to hold two Community Forums on the Digital TV Transition:

Thurs, Oct 23, 3-4:30pm at the Seattle Downtown Library (4th and Madison; underground parking or any downtown bus route)

Thurs, Oct 23, 6-7:30pm at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle; free parking or take #42, #48 or #7 bus).

At these forums, you can fill out your coupon application form, get all your DTV-related questions answered, and pick up educational materials to help spread the word to your own communities.

If you can't attend one of those meetings, make sure that you order a free coupon, redeemable for $40 off the price of a DTV converter box (limit 2 per household). Get coupons and more information online at or by calling 1-888-DTV-2009. Note that it can take three weeks to receive your coupons in the mail - and the coupons expire about 90 days after you receive them.

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More questions? Call the FCC at (888) DTV-2009 or the City of Seattle Dept of Information Technology at (206)684-8498

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