Vermont Public Television (VPT) Outreach for Digital Television Conversion

Vermont Public Television (VPT) – Your Resource for the Digital Television Conversion!

VPT to Host Call-In Show about Digital TV on Thursday, October 9

Digital television is on the air, and traditional analog broadcasting will end Feb. 17, 2009. Viewers have been asking VPT about digital television, and on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m., there will be a special opportunity to get answers during a live call-in show. Fran Stoddard hosts “DTV & You,” a one-hour program with a special focus on viewers who get their TV over the air by antenna.

Anyone with cable and satellite will continue to receive VPT and other full-power channels seamlessly. However, people with older analog TV sets not connected to a pay service – people whose sets use rabbit ears or other type of antenna – will need to buy and connect digital converter boxes, or their TVs won’t receive signals after February. The boxes are available in retail stores and online. The government makes coupons available that cover $40 of the cost.

Find out more about digital television at or call 1-800-639-7811.  Or, check out Digital TV Info Sheet.

Local broadcasters encourage viewers who need converter boxes to get them connected now, in order to test their systems. Digital reception can be tricky, in our mountainous part of the world, and people who have had poor reception of analog channels may need a better antenna to receive digital channels.