About DTV Facts

Digital TV Facts can help you survive the shutdown of analog TV broadcasts on February 17, 2009.

DTV Facts has suspended active coverage of the switch to digital television. This page contains archived content. For up-to-date information on the digital TV transition, see the federal government’s site, www.DTV2009.gov.

Welcome to Digital TV Facts, your “unofficial” site for information on the transition to digital television.

Analog TV broadcasts by stations throughout the U.S. will end on February 17, 2009, and we’re here to help you survive the conversion to DTV.

Why an unofficial site? Unlike the promotional DTV web sites controlled by the FCC and the broadcasters who lobby them—generously funded entities, by the way, each with a particular point of view—our is an independent voice. I am not part of the government, or of the television or electronics industries. It’s not my job, as I see it, to sell you on the idea that digital television is neat or amazing; I will leave that to others. The first obligation of this site is to inform.

Like you, your neighbors, or your Uncle Bob, I also have opinions, and you’ll find I’m not shy about sharing them. I hope you won’t be, either, and I invite your comments in our blog section at DTV Facts: The Latest. You can also reach us through our Contact page. As an independent voice, DTV Facts strives to earn your trust.

• Read more: Why choose an ‘unofficial’ DTV site?

Television will never be the same

Television is changing rapidly, and the changes go far beyond the method of delivery. Digital TV Facts is here to help you sort through and navigate among the choices we all face as the digital TV transition approaches.

I started DTV Facts in 2005, after being fascinated by the digital transition since the moment I first read about it in the late 1980s, when it was still just an idea. What intrigued me was the notion that America might wake up one morning to discover that, overnight, all its millions of television sets had turned into doorstops. Today, oddly enough, I find myself working day and night doing my small part to help prevent that very scenario.

This site is supported in part by advertising. Our readers are a smart group who come here in search of factual information and well-reasoned commentary about the switch to digital TV. Marketers who provide products and services relevant to that audience should give us a look.

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Steven Sande
Publisher, Digital TV Facts