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Digital deadline still February 17th

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

Janaury 31, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In about two and a half weeks the picture on your television will change. "Analog was a lot more fuzzy, and digital is a lot more clearer, a lot more sharper," said Radio Shack Assistant Manager, Kimberly Cutley.

And at Radio Shack the demand for converter boxes have left their shelves empty. "Yes, yes, yes, the demand has been overwhelming. During Christmas time business was booming for these," said Cutley.

The demand around the country was so high that the federal converter box coupon program ran out of money. On January 5th, all of the $40.00 coupons were distributed leaving 2.5 million on a waiting list.

"There is a waiting list for them, but by all means take advantage of it. You need to be patient and wait to see what the govenment decides to do," said Cutely.

With an estimated 6.5 million households that still aren't ready, the Senate voted to delay the transition by four months. But on Wednesday the House voted to keep the switch on Feb. 17th to prevent confusion.

But Cutley says there are still a lot of people who don't even know they aren't ready. "There are still some people who are getting satillite and dish who will not get their local stations," said Cutley.

And is why Cutley says you need to make sure you have your converter box before the digital transition leaves you behind.

Viewers who use sets with an antenna to pull in the old analog signal will need to buy a TV with a digital tuner, purchase a converter box, or upgrade to a pay TV service. For more information on the big switch you can click here. You can also call 1-888-388-2009.

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