Post Content

Undersecretary Barbara AnthonyPosted by:
Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

DTV TV photo The long-awaited transition to digital television is slated for Friday, June 12, and the deadline means there will be changes for those who still use “rabbit ears” or roof antennas to watch television.

If you have a cable connection to your television, you will continue to have access to broadcasted programming without interruption. But if you get your television over the air through an antenna, you need a converter box to receive the digital signal all televisions will be broadcasting over.

Converter boxes are available for purchase (visit www.dtv.gov for a list of retailers and other valuable digital television information). To apply for coupons to cover a portion of the purchase price of converter boxes, go to www.dtv2009.gov. You can also call, toll-free, (888) DTV-2009. In addition, AARP continues to educate older Americans and their families about the steps they must take for the transition. AARP can be reached at (877) 698-8068.

The changes to digital television will free up parts of the valuable broadcast spectrum for public safety communications, allow some of that spectrum to be auctioned to companies that will provide consumers with more advanced wireless services, and will benefit consumers by offering improved picture and sound quality, and more programming options through several channels of digital programming at one time (or “multicasting”).

Written By:


Jayda Leder-Luis is the Communications Coordinator at the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation.

Recent Posts

Purchasing a USED car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you. posted on Feb 13

Purchasing a USED car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you.

President’s Day is this Monday, and many consumers may be looking to purchase or lease new and used cars. This two part series on car purchasing and leasing will provide tips on how you can get the right car and be protected under the Lemon   …Continue Reading Purchasing a USED car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you.

Purchasing or leasing a NEW car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you. posted on Feb 12

Purchasing or leasing a NEW car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you.

With President’s Day fast approaching, many consumers are looking to purchase or lease new and used cars. This two part series on car purchasing and leasing will provide tips on how you can get the right car and be protected under the Lemon Law. Before you   …Continue Reading Purchasing or leasing a NEW car? Here’s what the Lemon Law means for you.

Survey Says: Lemon Law Compliance on the Rise posted on Dec 29

The Massachusetts Lemon Laws provide legal relief to consumers who are sold a new, used, or leased vehicle that has a significant defect to its safety or use. Under these laws, car dealerships are required to place a bright yellow Lemon Law sticker on each   …Continue Reading Survey Says: Lemon Law Compliance on the Rise