DTV Road Show stops in Richmond

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Despite the digital television transition delay, the National Association for Broadcasters is working to get the word out about the switch.

The DTV Road Show has been traveling the country for the last year and a half, and has made its second stop in Richmond to increase consumer awareness.

Experts with the Road Show say the first time they stopped in Richmond was to educate consumers about DTV. This time it's more about setting the record straight and clarifying lingering questions about converter boxes and their set-up.

Some stations are switching to an all-digital signal on Feb. 17. Others, including NBC12, are not switching over until the new June date. The National Association of Broadcasters says there's still much confusion among consumers.

NAB Spokeswoman Angie Malone says the DTV Road Tour is also educating consumers about the DTV converter box subsidy coupons.

Those coupons, which ran out of funding earlier this year, may be available again soon.  Additional funding has been written into the President Obama's stimulus bill and awaits his approval.

Once the previously distributed coupons expire, new ones can be distributed. More than 1 million people are already on a waiting list to receive the new coupons.

Anyone with questions can come to the Science Museum of Virginia at 2500 W. Broad Street.  The DTV Road Show will be there until 4 p.m. Thursday.

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