Friday, January 11, 2008

FCC Consumer Advisory - DTV - Digital Television Transition And Your Emergency Preparedness Kit - Digital Emergency

Do you include a small portable television in your emergency kit? If so, will you also need to have a digital-to-analog converter box starting in February 2009...

What about radios that transmit television frequencies... will they still work?

This is something you might want to look into, for your specific model, if you include television as part of your emergency kit.

Additional information can be found at

Many of the handhelds are now starting to provide the following alert:

This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at:

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