DTV Transition at NASA HQ
Get Ready for the Digital Transition
All broadcast networks will switch to digital-only broadcasting by June 12, 2009.
However, many broadcast networks are switching early.
As the nation switches from analog to Digital Television (DTV) broadcasting, many commonly viewed channels within NASA HQ will move to a new channel number.
For information on how the DTV transition affects TV’s at home, visit the Federal Communications Commission’s DTV Transition Web site at http://www.dtv.gov, or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.
What is DTV?
Digital Television (DTV) is an advanced broadcasting technology that will transform your television viewing experience. DTV enables broadcasters to offer television with better picture and sound quality. It can also offer multiple programming choices, called multicasting, and interactive capabilities.
The Transition to DTV
The switch from analog to digital broadcast television is referred to as the digital TV (DTV) transition. In 1996, the U.S. Congress authorized the distribution of an additional broadcast channel to each broadcast TV station so that they could start a digital broadcast channel while simultaneously continuing their analog broadcast channel. Later, Congress set June 12, 2009 as the final date that full power television stations can broadcast analog signals. As of June 13, 2009, full power television stations will only broadcast digital, over-the-air signals.
Why Are Broadcast Stations Switching to Digital?
Federal law requires the switch, which will free up the airwaves for police, fire, and emergency rescue communications, allow broadcasters to offer programming with better picture and sound quality, offer more programming choices, and allow for advanced wireless services for consumers.