About DTV

DTV – Digital Television – is a fairly new technology which provides a medium by which television stations can broadcast channels over the air with much clearer picture and sound.
Traditional broadcasting – known as analog – uses much more of the broadcast spectrum than its newer Digital Counterpart. Not only is analog less efficient but it does not allow for broadcasting of multiple channels at once. Digital TV (DTV) allows for this newer feature through a feature called “Multicasting.” Multicasting allows for broadcasting several channels within the same spectrum of one analog channel. Digital TV is also much less susceptible to interference than analog, which means a clean and crisp picture for you.
With the introduction of DTV new services will be available, these services, both interactive video and data, were previously unavailable with analog broadcasting.
The DTV Deadline requires all free publicly broadcasted programming to be switched from analog to digital. This deadline is February 17, 2009. Today more than 94% of the current analog channels are broadcasted side by side with digital, and that number is only growing! This means that your favorite free programming with still be broadcasted free after February 17, 2009, you just need to upgrade your TV or buy a tuner box. You can find out more information about how to upgrade your home to Digital Cable through our Digital Television Preparation Guide.