Digital TV Clarification

The digital TV transition mandated by the federal government for Feb. 2009 applies ONLY to TV signals that are broadcast and received over the air. Those over-the-air signals — transmitted by TV stations — will be changed from “analog” format to “digital” format. However, TV signals transmitted over cable lines will not change in Feb. 2009.

That means, if you have non-digital cable today, it will continue to work.

Of course, you might want to upgrade to digital cable for the other benefits it provides (like more channels, sharper pictures, pay-per-view movies and events, etc.) — but you don’t have to upgrade to digital cable just because TV stations are required to change the format of their over-the-air signals in Feb. 2009.

We’ve updated our standard Q&A accordingly.