IMPORTANT UPDATE:
The U.S. Senate voted Monday to delay the switchover from analog to digital television broadcasting. The original date was set for
February 17, 2009, just 22 days from now; under the bill passed in the Senate, that deadline would postponed until June 12. We
imagine that the DTV transition coalition will update the count down shortly. The current estimates 6.5 million U.S. households still
rely on antennas and their televisions will go dark when the switchover to digital occurs. This delay was prompted by a request of
President Obama.

At the heart of the transition's delay are Issues with the dispersement of funds from the U.S. Commerce Department's transition
coupon program, which offers homeowners up to two $40 Visa prepaid gift cards to offset the cost of a digital TV converter box. I
think the government should look into this change in price as I believe it is price gouging. Because of all the request at the end of
2008 the funds allocated for the coupon program had dried up. I think the implementation of this program was a direct reflection of
what can go wrong with government sponsored programs. It should have been a real coupon for a converter box not a Visa gift
card for $40. I saw a lady in a local store use two of the $40 visa gift cards to purchase $80 in iTunes gift cards. I'm sure she's not
the only one using the cards this way and this is something those managing the program should have considered before issuing
Visa cards.

One other thing I think is interesting that the average cost of the converter box was $40 before this program and now they are $60.

Details on the DTV Transition:
After February 17, 2009, local television stations will broadcast in digital only. Congress mandated as a results of the inability to
communicate across emergency service during 9-11. The law stalled due to fighting between Republicans and Democrats in how
the transition and network that would be needed to facilitate the new frequency would be funded. Then with the same failures in
communication between local and Federal support during Katrina funding was resolved. As a result on February 17, 2009, would
be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. At that time the signal will start to transition to a universal
communications frequency that can be used in the case of a national emergency. The switch from analog to digital broadcast
television is referred to as the digital TV (DTV) transition. Broadcast stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both
analog and digital.

February 2009 will be here sooner than we think. Now is the time for us all to get up to speed on DTV: what is it; what does it mean
to me; what do I need to do? We at HD Installers encourage everyone to educate themselves on this important issue.

As part of the negotiation between Republicans and Democrats, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box
Coupon Program. Every U.S. household is eligible to receive up to two prepaid credit cards, worth $40 each, toward the purchase
of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. You can now request the credit cards. Make sure you note that the credit cards will
expire 90 days after mailing. Something that we did not notice on the few we got. The manufactures told the government that digital-
to-analog converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each. As of this article the lowest price we have been able to find on the
approved list of converter boxes is $60. This is a one-time cost.

For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program, visit  
www.dtv2009.gov.

Installing your Digital-to-Analog Converter Box:
HD Installers is providing the following information on how to install your Digitial-to-analog converter box. When cannot provide free
walk through services to the transition to DTV. HD Installers will provide installation services to install transition you to DTV and of
course we will continue to provide you installation services to switch to a new HDTV if you wish to bypass the cost or trouble of
switching to DTV.

Installing the converter box with your current antenna or analog TV.

This part of the article on HD Installers describes the installation of a digital-to-analog converter box with your current antenna and
analog TV. This guide will help you prepare so that when you purchase a converter box you will know what to expect and whether
you may need help setting it up.

What you will need: You will need your TV, the antenna, and the coaxial wire that currently connects your antenna to your TV. The
new converter box will come with a coaxial wire that is usually to short and a remote control. HD Installers suggest checking the
length of your Before you begin the installation of the converter box, you should unplug your TV.

1) Unplug the antenna wire from your TV “Antenna In” connection.

2) Plug that wire into the “Antenna In” connection on your new dtv converter box.

3) Using the correct length coaxial cable, plug one side into the “Out To TV” connection on the Converter Box. The other side plugs
into the “Antenna In” connection on your TV.

4) Plug the power cords on your new digital converter box and TV into your electrical outlet.

5) Turn on your TV. Make sure it is tuned to the channel indicated the digital converter box instructions.

6.) Turn on your digital Converter Box. Follow the on-screen set-up guide to scan for available DTV channels, and begin watching
of Digital Television!

You may note that the signal doesn't seem as clear. That is because the digital signal will show every flaw in the signal and most
digital converted signals look blurry by comparison to an HDTV accepting an HDTV signal.


This section of the HD Installers article on the DTV transition describes installation of a digital-to-analog converter box if your TV set
has dual-lead terminals for attaching the antenna. This is very common if you are using an outdoor antenna. This one is a pretty
complex installation and we strongly recommend having a professional installer complete this type of installation for you.

What you will need: You will need your TV. We know that seems self explanatory but this is the 2nd revision of document and we
added it due to the questions we got about the where to get the TV. You will need your current antenna, the dual-lead wire that
currently connects your antenna to your TV, and two adaptors or "matching transformers". (if you don't have these you can get
them at radio shack)  Before you begin the installation unplug the power from your TV.

1) Unscrew the existing dual-lead antenna wire from your TV "Antenna In".

2) Attach the dual-lead antenna wire to the dual-lead terminals on the dual-lead adaptor. Then plug the adaptor's coaxial connector
into the "Antenna In" connection on the Converter Box.

3) Using coaxial wire, plug one end into the "Out To TV" connection on the Converter Box. Plug the other end into the coaxial port
on the coaxial adaptor. Then attach the dual-lead output of the coaxial adaptor to your TV "Antenna In" dual-lead terminals.

4) Plug the power cords on your Converter Box to your electrical outlet.

5.) Plug in your TV into your electrical outlet.

6.) Turn your television on.

7.) Turn you converter box on.

8.) Follow the instructions that come with your Converter Box.

We hope these two tutorials help with your transition to DTV. If switching gets to difficult for you or you decide to change to an
HDTV instead of going through all this call HD Installers at
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