FCC Pertaining to PSIP and V-Chip Technology

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FCC DTV FAQS
THE DIGITAL TRANSITION
What is the digital TV (DTV) transition?
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 mandated that
February 17, 2009 would be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in
analog. Broadcast stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both analog and
digital. After February 17, 2009, full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only.

Why are we switching to DTV?
An important benefit of the switch to all-digital broadcasting is that it will free up parts of the
valuable broadcast spectrum for public safety communications (such as police, fire
departments, and rescue squads). Also, some of the spectrum will be auctioned to companies
that will be able to provide consumers with more advanced wireless services (such as wireless
broadband).
Consumers also benefit because digital broadcasting allows stations to offer improved picture
and sound quality, and digital is much more efficient than analog. For example, rather than
being limited to providing one analog program, a broadcaster is able to offer a super sharp
“high definition” (HD) digital program or multiple “standard definition” (SD) digital programs
simultaneously through a process called “multicasting.” Multicasting allows broadcast stations
to offer several channels of digital programming at the same time, using the same amount of
spectrum required for one analog program. So, for example, while a station broadcasting in
analog on channel 7 is only able to offer viewers one program, a station broadcasting in
digital on channel 7 can offer viewers one digital program on channel 7-1, a second digital
program on channel 7-2, a third digital program on channel 7-3, and so on. This means more
programming choices for viewers.


What do I need to do to be ready for the end of analog TV broadcasting?
Because Congress mandated that the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in
analog would be February 17, 2009, over-the-air TV broadcasts will be in digital only after
that date. If you have one or more televisions that receive free over-the-air television
programming (with a roof-top antenna or “rabbit ears” on the TV), the type of TV you own is
very important. A digital television (a TV with an internal digital tuner) will allow you to
continue to watch free over-the-air programming after February 17, 2009. However, if you
have an analog television, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to continue to
watch broadcast television on that set. This converter box will also enable you to see any
additional multicast programming that your local stations are offering.
To help consumers with the DTV transition, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog
Converter Box Coupon Program. The National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce, administers this program.
Every U.S. household is eligible to receive up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the
purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. You will be able to request the
coupons beginning in January of 2008. The coupons may only be used for eligible converter
boxes sold at participating consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at
the time of purchase. Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog converter boxes will sell
from $40 to $70 each. This is a one-time cost. For more information on the Digital-to-Analog
Converter Box Coupon Program, visit the NTIA’s website at NTIA: Digital TV Transition and Public Safety,
or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).
Cable and satellite TV subscribers with analog TVs hooked up to their cable or satellite service
should not be affected by the February 17, 2009 cut-off date for full-power analog
broadcasting.

Do I have to wait until after February 17, 2009 to watch DTV?
No, digital television is available now. If you watch over-the-air television today, you should
be able to receive all or most of your local stations’ digital signals if you have a DTV receiver.
You may view high definition and multicast programming from your local stations. Check
your local program listings or contact your local TV stations to find out more about the digital
television available now. The FCC’s special website, The Digital TV Transition: What You Need to Know About DTV, has more information on
digital television, or call 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322).

If I have an older analog television, will I have to throw it away after February 17,
2009?

No. A digital-to-analog converter box will allow you to continue using your existing analog TV
to watch over-the-air digital broadcasts. You do not need to get rid of your existing analog
TV. In addition, analog sets should continue to work as before if connected to a subscription
service such as cable or satellite TV. Also, analog sets should continue to work with gaming
consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products that you use now.

Will the February 17, 2009 date for the end of full-power analog television
broadcasting be pushed back?
Federal law mandates that February 17, 2009 is the last day of full-power analog television
broadcasting. Government agencies, industry, public interest groups, and other interested
organizations are working hard to make sure that the deadline is met and that everyone is
prepared for the end of full-power analog television broadcasting.


YOUR TELEVISION

If I want a new TV, will I have to buy a High Definition TV (HDTV) to watch digital
broadcast television after the transition?
No. It is important to understand that the DTV transition is a transition from analog
broadcasting to digital broadcasting. It is not a transition from analog broadcasting to High
Definition broadcasting. Digital broadcasting allows for High Definition broadcasts, but High
Definition is not required, and you do not need to buy a HDTV to watch digital TV. A
Standard Definition DTV (which is simply a TV with an internal digital tuner), or a digital-to-
analog converter box hooked to an analog TV, is all that is required to continue watching
over-the-air broadcast television. Digital broadcast television includes Standard Definition
(SD) and High Definition (HD) formats. You can watch High Definition programming on a
Standard Definition DTV (or on an analog TV hooked to a digital-to-analog converter box), but
it won’t be in full High Definition quality. It is also important to know that Standard Definition
DTVs are comparably priced to similar sized analog TVs.

How can I be sure that I am buying a digital TV (DTV)?
By law, beginning March 1, 2007, all television reception devices (including TVs, VCRs, DVRs,
etc.) imported into the U.S. or shipped in interstate commerce must contain a digital tuner.
Retailers may continue to sell analog-only devices from existing inventory, but must
prominently display on or near the analog-only device a Consumer Alert label with this
advisory:
Consumer Alert
This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box
after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the
Nation’s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before
with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar
products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-
5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission’s digital television website at:
The Digital TV Transition: What You Need to Know About DTV.

Therefore, all television equipment being sold should contain a digital tuner, or should be
identified at the point-of-sale as not having one. Be aware of this label and the limitations of
analog-only devices if you are purchasing a new TV or other TV equipment.


How do I know if I already have a digital TV (DTV)?
Many DTVs and digital television equipment will have labels or markings on them, or
statements in the informational materials that came with them, to indicate that they contain
digital tuners. These labels or markings may contain the words “Integrated Digital Tuner,”
“Digital Tuner Built-In,” “Digital Receiver,” or “Digital Tuner,” “DTV,” “ATSC,” or “HDTV”
(High Definition television). If your television equipment contains any of these labels or
markings, you should be able to view digital over-the-air programming without the need for a
digital-to-analog converter box. (Remember, you do not need an HDTV to view free over-
the-air digital programming. As long as your television equipment contains a digital tuner,
you can view over-the-air digital. An HDTV is only necessary if you want to view High
Definition programming in full HD quality.) You should also check the manual or any other
materials that came with your television equipment in order to determine whether it contains
a digital tuner.
If your television set is labeled as a “Digital Monitor” or “HDTV Monitor,” or as “Digital Ready”
or “HDTV Ready,” this does not mean it actually contains a digital tuner. Thus, you still will
likely need a separate set-top box which contains a digital tuner in order to view over-the-air
digital programming.
Over-the-air digital set-top boxes for Digital or HD “Monitors” can be purchased at retail
stores. Cable and satellite TV providers also sell or lease digital set-top boxes for their
specific services. (Note: the digital set-top box described here is not the same as the digital-
to-analog converter box, described above, used to convert free over-the-air digital broadcasts
for viewing on an analog TV set.)
If your television set is labeled as “analog” or “NTSC,” and is NOT labeled as containing a
digital tuner, it contains an analog tuner only.
If you cannot determine whether your television set or other television equipment contains a
digital tuner, you are advised to check your equipment for the manufacturer name and model
number, and then contact your consumer electronics retailer, or the manufacturer, to
determine whether it contains a digital tuner. This information also may be available online
through the manufacturer’s website.
Because most broadcast stations in all U.S. television markets are already broadcasting in
digital, consumers can watch DTV today. You can contact your local broadcast stations to
determine the channel numbers on which the stations are currently broadcasting digital
programming. You should then ensure that your television is set up to receive over-the-air
programming (as distinguished from being connected to a paid provider such as cable or
satellite TV service), and then tune to the over-the-air digital channels to see if your set can
receive the digital broadcast programming.

What is the difference between “Integrated” DTVs and DTV or HDTV “Monitors”?
An Integrated DTV set is a television with a built-in digital tuner (also referred to as “a DTV”).
A digital tuner is also sometimes called a DTV decoder or DTV receiver. If you have an
Integrated DTV, you will not need any additional equipment, with the exception of a
broadcast antenna (either a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” connected to the set), to receive
over-the-air digital broadcast programming. Integrated DTVs can also receive and display
analog broadcast programming, so you can continue watching analog broadcasts.
In contrast, a DTV Monitor is not capable of receiving digital broadcast programming without
additional equipment; it is simply a display device without the processing capability for DTV
reception. A digital or HD set-top box must be connected between the antenna and the
monitor to receive and display over-the-air digital or HD programming.
If you have a digital or HD “Monitor” and would like to purchase a digital or HD set-top box to
view over-the-air programming, confirm with your retailer that the set-top box is compatible
with your Monitor.

What about my VCR, DVD player, camcorder, and gaming console? Will I be able to
use them with a digital television set?
Yes. Digital television sets are “backward compatible,” meaning existing analog equipment
(VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, video games, etc.) will work on digital TV sets. However,
their video will only be displayed in the maximum resolution that is available with each analog
product. Manufacturers are producing a number of different connectors to hook equipment
together and improve picture and sound quality when DTVs are used with existing analog
equipment. Check with your retailer to determine the types of connectors that will work with
your equipment.

How do I get DTV or HDTV programming?
In order to receive over-the-air digital programming (as opposed to digital programming
provided by a paid provider such as cable or satellite TV service), you will need: (1) a DTV (a
TV with a digital tuner) or an analog TV connected to a digital-to-analog converter box and
(2) a broadcast antenna (either a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” connected to your set). In
general, an antenna that provides quality reception of over-the-air analog TV broadcasting
will work for digital TV broadcasting.
A listing of the U.S. TV stations that are broadcasting digital programming is available at
DTV STATIONS ON THE AIR. Satellite TV providers and many
cable systems are currently offering digital programming. Subscribers should check with their
service providers to see what digital programming is available in their area.

Will I need a special antenna to receive DTV over-the-air?
In general, dependable reception of over-the-air digital TV programming will require the same
type of signal reception equipment that currently works to provide good quality reception of
analog TV programming. If you need a roof-top antenna to receive analog TV broadcasts, the
same antenna generally will work to receive digital TV broadcasts. You should not have to
purchase new antennas that are marketed as “digital ready” or “HD ready.”

What will happen to the old analog TVs that will be replaced by DTVs? Will there be
an effort to recycle them?
There are recycling programs for those who choose to discard old analog TVs or other old
electronic products (but remember, analog TVs can continue to be used after the transition).
One such program is myGreenElectronics. Through this program you can learn about disposal
options and locate recycling programs near you.
Go to myGreenElectronics for more information.
CABLE AND SATELLITE
Does the DTV transition affect TV sets that are connected to cable services?
No. If you subscribe to cable service, the DTV transition should not affect any TV sets that are
connected to your cable services. The DTV transition applies only to full-power broadcast
television stations – stations that use the public airwaves to transmit their programming to
viewers through a broadcast antenna.
Is the FCC making cable companies switch to digital service?
No. Cable companies are not required to switch to digital service. Cable companies may
choose to make their service all or partly digital, but they are not required to change from the
analog service they offer today. In fact, the FCC requires cable companies to continue to
provide local stations in analog as long as they provide any analog service, even after
February 17, 2009.
Can my cable company make me get a box to receive the cable channels I receive
today without a box?
Some cable companies have decided to switch to digital service. This is a business decision
made by the cable companies and is not required by the federal government. Your cable
company may decide to move certain cable channels off of its analog service tier and onto a
digital service tier, or it may decide to switch to all-digital service at once, so that there is no
analog service tier for any subscribers. If your cable company decides to move some or all of
the channels it provides onto a digital service tier, it may notify you that you need to get
“digital cable” equipment to continue receiving that cable service. This may include renting or
purchasing a digital cable set-top box or purchasing a digital cable ready TV equipped with a
“CableCARD” slot. The digital cable equipment is different from the digital-to-analog converter
boxes that are used to receive over-the-air broadcast signals.
How do I know if I already have digital programming through my cable or satellite
TV service?
You may receive digital programming if you subscribe to a digital or HD package from your
provider and you are viewing the digital programming on a digital set. However, the digital
cable tier and satellite TV service are not necessarily DTV. Your cable or satellite TV system
may be using digital technology as a more efficient way of delivering analog programming to
you. If you have an analog television set, then you are probably not getting digital, even
though the reception may be somewhat improved. Check with your cable or satellite TV
provider to find out what kinds of programming you can receive, and what equipment you
need to receive it.
My cable operator offers a digital cable package. Is this the same as HDTV?
No. “Digital cable” and high definition programming on cable are not the same. If you want to
watch HDTV programming on cable, you will need to subscribe to your cable provider’s HDTV
package and view the programming on an HDTV set. You may also need a set-top box or
other equipment to view HDTV programming. Check with your cable provider to find out what
kinds of programming you can receive, and what equipment you need to receive it.
Do cable TV networks, like CNN, MSNBC, Lifetime, etc., have to switch to digital
broadcasting as well?
No. The current requirement to switch from analog to digital only applies to full-power
broadcast TV stations, which use the public airwaves to provide free over-the-air
programming. However, as cable providers convert to digital transmissions over their
systems, you may need to subscribe to their digital tier to continue to receive this non-
broadcast programming.
Can my cable system move programming to a digital tier that makes me subscribe
to digital service?
Your cable system decides when and whether to carry programming on a digital tier, which
may mean that you will need digital equipment. However, all of your local stations will
continue to be available in analog format for as long as your cable system offers any analog
service.
Will cable customers with analog TVs have to buy or rent a set-top box from their
cable company? If so, how much will it cost?
First, it's important to know that the February 17, 2009 deadline for the digital television
transition only applies to full-power broadcast stations. Cable companies are not required by
the government to transition their systems to digital, and can continue to deliver channels to
their customers in analog. Cable companies are actually required by FCC rules to continue
offering local broadcast stations to their customers in analog as long as they offer any analog
service. This requirement will continue for at least three years after February 17, 2009. The
Commission will decide in 2011 whether the requirement should be continued beyond
February 17, 2012. This means that customers who receive analog cable service (without a
cable set-top box) will be able to continue to do so.
However, for business reasons (among other things, digital is much more efficient than
analog), cable companies may be interested in transitioning their systems from analog
delivery to digital delivery. If a cable company makes the business decision to go all-digital
(meaning it will stop offering any channels to its customers in analog), it must ensure that its
analog customers can continue to watch their local broadcast stations. This may require
customers with analog televisions to get a set-top box. If the cable company provides the
customer with a set-top box, any costs related to it will be determined by the cable company.
Therefore, it is recommended that analog cable customers contact their cable company to ask
if a set-top box will be needed, when it will be needed, and if there will be a cost.
It is also important to note that a cable set-top box is different from a digital-to-analog
converter box. A digital-to-analog converter box is necessary only for analog televisions that
receive their programming over-the-air using a rooftop antenna or "rabbit ears" connected to
the set. A digital-to-analog converter box is not necessary for a TV connected to a paid
television service such as a cable or satellite TV provider. Information on any set-top boxes
needed for a paid service such as cable or satellite should be obtained from the service
provider.

Does the DTV Transition affect TV sets connected to satellite TV service?
The DTV transition will not affect satellite TV subscribers who receive their local TV stations
through their satellite dishes. Satellite TV service is a digital service and all satellite
subscribers must have a set-top box connected to their TVs to receive the satellite-delivered
programming. As a result, there should be no change in service for satellite subscribers unless
the local TV stations are not provided by the satellite carrier. If you subscribe to a satellite TV
service, you should check with your provider to find out if you receive a local TV station
package through your satellite dish.

CONVERTER BOX
What is the Converter Box Coupon Program?
To help consumers with the DTV transition, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog
Converter Box Coupon Program. The National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce, administers this program.
Every U.S. household is eligible to receive up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the
purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. You will be able to request the coupons
beginning in January of 2008. The coupons may only be used for eligible converter boxes sold
at participating consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at the time of
purchase. Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog converter boxes will sell from $40 to
$70 each. This is a one-time cost. For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter
Box Coupon Program, visit the NTIA’s website at NTIA: Digital TV Transition and Public Safety, or call 1-888-
388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).
What digital to analog converter boxes are coupon eligible?
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is maintaining a list
of eligible boxes at http://www.ntiadtv.gov/cecb_list.cfm.

Can I hook up more than one TV and video recorder to a single digital-to-analog
converter box?
You will need one digital-to-analog converter box for each TV set or other device (such as a
VCR) that only has an analog tuner. The digital-to-analog converter box basically replaces
the analog tuner in one piece of equipment. So if you want to use your analog TV and VCR at
the same time (for example, to watch one program and record another simultaneously), you
will need two digital-to-analog converter boxes.

Will digital-to-analog converter boxes (used to convert over-the-air digital TV
broadcasts for viewing on analog sets) also convert digital closed captioning?
Yes. FCC rules require that digital-to-analog converter boxes be able to convert over-the-air
digital closed captioning for display on analog TV sets.
See Closed Captioning for Digital Television (DTV)
I have an old antenna that attaches to my TV with two wires. Will I be able to use a
converter box with this antenna?
Yes, but you will need to get two adapters (also called "baluns" or "matching transformers,"
which are pictured below). Unscrew the existing twin-lead antenna wire from your TV
“Antenna In” twin-lead terminals. Attach the existing twin-lead antenna wire to the twin-lead
terminals on the balun (first picture below). Then plug the balun’s coaxial connector into the
“Antenna In (RF)” port on the Converter Box. Using coaxial wire, plug one end into the “Out
To TV (RF)” port on the Converter Box. Plug the other end into a second balun (second
picture below). Then attach the second Balun to your TV “Antenna In” twin-lead terminals.


GENERAL QUESTIONS
What about my portable, battery-powered analog TV? Will I be able to use it to
watch broadcast TV after February 17, 2009?
Portable, battery-powered analog TVs may be able to receive over-the-air programming after
February 17, 2009 if they have the inputs necessary to allow them to be connected to a
digital-to-analog converter box. Because it is not anticipated that battery powered digital-to-
analog converter boxes will be produced, an external power source would also be required.

What are low-power (LPTV), Class A, and TV translator stations and how does the
DTV transition affect them?
You may have noticed that Congress mandated that “full-power” TV stations will not be able
to broadcast in analog after February 17, 2009. While the majority of the viewed TV
broadcast stations are full-power stations, three other categories of TV stations exist – “low-
power” stations, “Class A” stations, and “TV translator” stations. There is currently no
deadline for these stations to convert to digital broadcasting.
The FCC created low-power television (LPTV) service in 1982 to provide opportunities for
locally-oriented television service in small communities. These communities may be in rural
areas or may be individual communities within larger urban areas. LPTV stations are operated
by diverse groups and organizations including high schools and colleges, churches and
religious groups, local governments, large and small businesses and individual citizens. More
than 2,100 licensed LPTV stations are in operation. LPTV programming can include satellite-
delivered programming services, syndicated programs, movies, and a wide range of locally-
produced programs.
Class A TV stations are former LPTV stations that have certain interference protection rights
not available to LPTV stations. These stations are technically similar to LPTV stations, but
unlike LPTV stations must air at least three hours of locally-produced programming each week
and comply with most of the non-technical regulations applicable to full-power stations.
Approximately 600 licensed Class A TV stations are in operation.
A TV translator station rebroadcasts the programs of a full-power TV broadcast station.
Translator stations typically serve communities that cannot receive the signals of free over-
the-air TV stations because they are too far away from a full-power TV station or because of
geography (such as uneven terrain or mountains). Many of the 4,700 licensed TV translator
stations operate in mountainous or more remote areas of the country.
There are several ways to determine whether the broadcast stations you view over-the-air
(with a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” attached to your TV) are LPTV, Class A or TV
translator stations. Class A stations are required to visually or aurally identify their stations
with their community of license and call sign (that includes the suffix “-CA” for Class A) at
sign on, sign off, and on an hourly basis. LPTV stations also must regularly identify their
station call sign. When locally originating programming, they must visually or aurally identify
their call sign and community of license at sign on, sign off, and hourly. LPTV call signs may
consist of four letters followed by the suffix “-LP” (for low power) or, alternatively, five
characters beginning with the letters K or W followed by two numbers (their operating
channel) and two additional letters. Also, some TV translators are identified by the full-power
TV stations whose signals they rebroadcast. Further, LPTV, Class A, and TV translator stations
may regularly broadcast information as to their status, and may include information regarding
the DTV transition.
While the February 17, 2009 deadline for ending analog broadcasts does not apply to low-
power, Class A, and TV translator stations, the FCC will require these stations to convert to
digital broadcasting some time thereafter. Nearly 2,000 of these stations have been
authorized to construct digital facilities and some are broadcasting in digital already. The FCC
is currently considering the remaining issues involved with the low-power digital transition
and will make decisions regarding these stations in the future.
If you have an analog-only television that receives free over-the-air programming (with a
roof-top antenna or “rabbit ears” on the TV), you will need to purchase a digital-to-analog
converter box in order to watch digital broadcast television. Each U.S. household is eligible to
receive two $40 coupons to be used toward the purchase of two digital-to-analog converter
boxes. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is
administering the coupon program. More information can be found at www.dtv2009.gov, or
by calling 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).
If you purchase a digital-to-analog converter box to watch digital broadcasts on an analog TV
and also wish to continue watching analog LPTV, Class A, or TV translator stations, you should
purchase a converter box with “analog pass-through” capability, which allows analog
broadcast signals to pass through the converter box to be tuned by your analog TV. NTIA’s
TV Converter Box Coupon Program has certified converter box models that have analog pass-
through capability. A current list of coupon-eligible converter boxes is available at
NTIA: Digital TV Transition and Public Safety. The converter box models that have
analog pass-through capability are noted on the list with an asterisk next to them. In
addition, NTIA will mail a list of current coupon-eligible converter boxes, noting with an
asterisk those that have analog pass-through capability, to each household that receives
converter box coupons. You can also check with your retailer to determine whether the
converter box you are purchasing has analog pass-through capability.
If you purchase a digital-to-analog converter box without analog pass-through capability, you
may have to connect an antenna switch or a signal “splitter” to bypass the box if you wish to
view analog TV broadcasts. Check with the manufacturer of the digital-to-analog converter
box and your retailer if you need instructions on how to connect the box to view broadcasts
from both analog and digital stations.
Viewers should look for information from their LPTV, Class A, and TV translator stations about
plans to convert from analog to digital broadcasting. Viewers should also visit Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page for
any updates on the digital transition of low-power, Class A, and TV translator stations.
What are my options for watching over-the air analog TV broadcasts from
LPTV or translator stations after the digital transition?

To watch analog LPTV and translator station broadcasts received through an antenna, you can take one or more of the following actions:

• Keep an analog TV connected to a broadcast antenna to view analog LPTV
and translator station broadcasts.
• Purchase a digital-to-analog converter box that has analog pass-through
capability. For a current list of digital-to-analog converter boxes that have
been certified by NTIA as eligible for the TV Converter Box Coupon
Program, click on www.ntiadtv.com/cecb_list.cfm and look for the boxes with
the asterisk (*) next to them. Analog pass-through allows you to watch
analog television broadcasts as well as digital television broadcasts through
the converter box.
• Purchase a digital-to-analog converter box without analog pass-through
capability, and then connect a "splitter" or antenna switch to receive both
analog and digital broadcasts. Check with your consumer electronics retailer
if you need instructions on how to connect the box to view broadcasts from
both analog and digital stations.
• Purchase a digital television set. A television with a built-in digital tuner can
receive both analog and digital stations, so you will be able to watch both
digital programming and analog LPTV and translator station programming for
as long as these stations continue to broadcast in analog.
• Subscribe to a cable television or other pay service that carries the analog
station(s) you want to watch.​

:!: Will I be able to use parental controls like the V-chip with digital TV the same way I
now can with my analog TV? Yes. The V-chip is a technology that enables parents to block television programming based
on a program’s rating. The ratings are encoded within the television signal. The V-chip reads
the encoded rating information of each program and blocks shows according to the parents’
blocking selections. FCC rules require that V-chips be built into digital televisions and other
DTV reception devices just as they are in analog televisions.
You can learn about the ratings
system, also known as “TV Parental Guidelines,” at FCC V-Chip


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this has been discussed. if you subscribe to locals, the ratings will be recognized and vchip will work. if you do not subscribe to locals, the rating will be unrecognized, and if you have vchip enabled, it will work and block the show, in fact it will block all shows. this still keeps the receiver in compliance with the vchip rule. The dishnetwork vip receiver is a paytv reciever. it is not a receiver on the govt coupon for the dtv conversion, nor is it the internal tuner in a new tv.

technically, even the new tvs and the govt approved settop boxes would be fcc compliant for the vchip providing it blocked every show it was unable to dertermine the rating on.
 
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this has been discussed. if you subscribe to locals, the ratings will be recognized and vchip will work. if you do not subscribe to locals, the rating will be unrecognized, and if you have vchip enabled, it will work and block the show, in fact it will block all shows. this still keeps the receiver in compliance with the vchip rule. The dishnetwork vip receiver is a paytv reciever. it is not a receiver on the govt coupon for the dtv conversion, nor is it the internal tuner in a new tv.

technically, even the new tvs and the govt approved settop boxes would be fcc compliant for the vchip providing it blocked every show it was unable to dertermine the rating on.
True, all the "Digital Local" listings are rated AO (Adults Only).
 
reddice

reddice

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Plus Dish Networks rating system is pathetic at best. The worse of the worse. All they use is movie ratings and NR/AO ratings and do a terrible job at it. Cable and DirecTV actually use the TV Ratings so the V-Chip thing would work. When is Dish going to get out of the 90's and actually update their receivers with the TV Ratings.
 
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Mr Tony

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Nov 17, 2003
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moved :)

and I have no idea why he decided to post the whole freaking thing from the DTV site...a snippet at the end with a link would have been suffice
 

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