Digital television (DTV) is a new broadcasting technology that will transform your television viewing experience. DTV offers movie-quality picture and sound. It also offers multiple programming choices. It is a more efficient, flexible technology that most countries already use.
By federal mandate, all U.S. TV stations must broadcast in digital and turn off their analog services. The government will auction off the broadcast spectrum space currently used by analog channels for telecommunications services such as public safety and advanced wireless communications.
OETA and other local and national stations, such as NBC, CBS and ABC, already air digital television programming. Most stations, including OETA, ceased analog broadcasting from its transmitters on February 17, 2009. Rural translators will switch to digital-only broadcast in Fall 2009.
If you watch TV on a digital television set, or if you subscribe to cable or satellite, you do not need to take action. If you watch television over-the-air on an analog TV set, you need to take action. All analog televisions that are not connected to satellite or cable will need a set-top converter box. Viewers watching TV through a converter box or digital television set must RESCAN periodically to pickup new channels.