Thursday, August 28, 2008

Digital Television?

The last time 360 North conducted a telephone poll of Alaskans, you told us how you receive television in your households.

Well over half of you have the television signal that you watch delivered to you by cable. About a quarter of Alaskans have satellite receivers of their own. Almost twenty percent of our poll participants watch TV by antenna or other means.

This February, television stations in the U.S. are required to be broadcasting digital signals. This means that viewers need to be able to receive digital signals to watch 360 North and other programming. For many with cable connectivity and satellite dishes this will be a seamless transition. You are, very possibly, already watching a digital signal. Your cable or satellite company are making the switch. You might be required to upgrade your cable box or receiver. It's possible you have already done this.

360 North is a little ahead of the game when it comes to digital transmission. In Juneau and Anchorage we are already using digital transmitters at KTOO and KAKM to deliver a digital signal to viewers. If you watch 360 North on Dish Network or DirecTV your reception is already digital.

But,... what if you aren't sure?
Will this change in February affect you?
Do you have an older television with an antenna?
What can you do to make sure you continue to receive information by television?
How can you get more information about digital television?

There is an answer to these questions and more.

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