Is the Valley Ready for the Digital Switch?

POSTED: Friday, June 12, 2009 - 7:08am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

Television in the U.S. as we known it will make a dramatic switch of sorts as we leave the analog era.

Officials estimate thousands of Valley residents are still not prepared and if you watch our newscast using an antenna, you will not be able to watch us unless you have either a digital TV or a converter box. While many are scrambling for those much needed converter boxes and we spoke to them to find out if they had everything to do to set it up.

The Federal Communications Commission identified the Rio Grande Valley a hot spot because a large number or households are not prepared for the switch. We found two families in the Southmost area who are just about ready after purchasing converter boxes.

KVEO will stop broadcasting in analog starting at 1pm on Friday June 12th and if you're one of those who are yet to purchase a box you still can by applying for the $40 dollar coupon.

There is a local hot line being set up for anyone who needs help with the Dtv transition. The call center opens on Friday at 8am to help answer your questions. The number to call is 956.381.2088 and operators will start answering calls from 8am to 10pm for five days in both English and Spanish language.

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