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DTV Switch Less Than A Month Away

Last updated on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

(UNDATED) - The switch to digital television is less than a month away.

The changeover was delayed from February to June because millions of Americans who use antennas to receive over-the-air TV signals were unprepared.

Nationwide, that number has been cut in half, but according to the latest research from Nielsen, 4.7 percent of the television households in Indianapolis are still completely unprepared for the switch.

Those who don't get their TV signals through cable or a satellite dish must have a digital converter box in order to receive local television broadcasts.

As part of the Obama administration's economic stimulus plan, the federal government allocated another $650 million for the depleted DTV converter box coupon fund.

Government officials say consumers who request the coupons are now receiving them within days.

The Washington Post reports broadcasters are considering an early, nationwide test of the DTV transition on May 21.

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