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Information and Resources to Help You Make the Transition to Digital Televsion (DTV)

July 15, 2009
Press Release

Are you ready for the June 12th DTV transition?

On June 12, 2009, all television programming in the United States will shift from an analog signal to a digital signal. Televisions that use an analog signal to receive their programming might not function properly.

Congresswoman Waters wants you to have the information you need to prepare for the DTV transition so you can continue to get news, information, and entertainment programming on television.

Newer televisions often include a digital tuner and are able to receive the new DTV signal.

Also, if you subscribe to a pay TV service, you should have no problems after the DTV transition but can check with their cable company or satellite provider.

However, if you use a TV set with "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna it might not receive programming after June 12th unless you connect it to a TV Converter Box.

Get a $40 Coupon for a TV Converter Box

A TV converter box plugging it into your current television will allow you to receive your normal television programming. You do not have to buy a new television.

The Federal Government is offering a $40 dollar coupon to help you buy a converter box for your current television set; each household is eligible to receive up to two coupons.

To request the coupon, please visit or call 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009). This consumer hotline is available 24 hours a day.

More information about the DTV transition is available at and
1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

There are nonprofit and community organizations ready to help

• The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights has a section of its web site dedicated to the DTV transition. From finding out who is affected by the transition to checking your television brand and model, this is an important tool to be aware of and to utilize. Please visit

• The public television station KCET, which serves Southern California, also has some excellent information available in English and en español at 

Attend a public event in Los Angeles to learn more about DTV

June 6, 3:00PM-8:00PM
DTV Demo & Info at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 Martin Luther King Blvd
Los Angeles 90008

June 7, 11:00AM-6:00PM
DTV Demo & Info at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 Martin Luther King Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

June 9, 6:00PM-9:00PM
4650 W. Olympic Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

June 10, 1:30PM-3:00PM
Smarter Seniors Forum
4750 West 62nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90056

June 11, 8:30AM-1:30AM
DTV Outreach - L.A.
767 N. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

June 11, 12:00PM-6:00PM
DTV Outreach - L.A. walk-in Center
639 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

June 11, 10:30AM-1:30AM
DTV Clinic
5306 S. Compton
Los Angeles, CA 90011
June 12, 10:00AM-6:00PM
DTV Outreach - L.A. walk-in Center
639 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

June 13, 12:30PM-4:00PM
4035 Tweedy Boulevard
South Gate, CA 90280

In addition to these resources, my staff is available to help residents of my district who need assistance making the transition to DTV. My office can provide information in English and Spanish.

Please contact my office in Los Angeles at (323) 757-8900.