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Get Ready for Digital TV at WTVP 47 Open House

Monday, October 20th, 2008



Peoria, IL ó Confused about digital television (DTV) and what it means to you personally? Youíre not alone. To help better prepare Central Illinois viewers for the impending conversion to digital-only broadcasting, WTVP 47-Public Television will host an open house featuring information and hands-on instruction for getting their televisions ready for DTV. The open house will run Sunday, November 2 from 2-5 p.m. in the WTVP Studio, 101 State Street on the Peoria Riverfront. The event is free and open to the public.

It is pretty well known that television, as the world knows it, is going away as of February 17, 2009. Viewers paying for a cable or satellite service should make the transition relatively seamlessly, but viewers using a set top or roof top antenna will need to take action. Those who do not make the necessary changes to receive digital broadcast signals will no longer have television service. And not just no WTVP, but no television service period.

  • The WTVP Digital Open House is designed to help viewers through the process. The event will feature:

  • Information about digital equipment and service options

  • Lessons on how to connect a digital converter box or digital antenna

  • Demonstrations of DTV and HDTV

  • On-site help to apply for the federal governmentís Converter Box Coupon Program online

  • Staff and engineers to answer questions about digital conversion

The station will also be open for self-guided tours, and the production staff will be recording viewer testimonials. The conversion will have its rewards. Digital technology uses less power and allows for more programming, more information and better picture and sound quality. With a little information and a little action, every viewer should see the benefits. WTVP is here to help.

WTVP is a PBS member station serving 22 counties throughout Central Illinois. Since 1971, WTVP has been providing non-commercial television programming and educational content that engages, enhances, and inspires citizens of all ages. WTVP was the first public station in the state of Illinois to convert to digital broadcasting.


For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, (309) 495-0594 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org 



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