Broadcasters face a February 2009 deadline to convert their signals from analog to digital. 13 News is part of efforts making sure the public understands what that means for them.
13 News anchor Melissa Brunner spoke to the NE Kansas Foster Grandparents Group about the issue Tuesday, one of several talks she's given on the topic. The talks are set up through the station, or through the National DTV Speaker's Bureau.
The talks explain to groups why the government has issued the deadline to broadcasters. It also emphasizes that people who have cable or satellite service hooked up to their televisions will not have to worry about taking any action to prepare for the transition. Televisions using an over the air signal, and that do not have a digital receiver, will need a digital conversion box. The boxes are available at major retail stores. Consumers can also receive up to two $40 coupons toward the boxes from the government. To apply, call 1-888-DTV-2009 or log on to www.dtv2009.gov.
The Foster Grandparents organization is a group that provides low-income senior citizens with volunteer opportunities to help at-risk youth.