Is my Sony® television ready for the Digital TV (DTV) transition?

Posted: 4/02/2008


Your Sony KP-46WT510 television has an analog tuner, so you may need a digital tuner or a converter box to continue to receive over-the-air programming.

If you subscribe to a cable or satellite service, your television viewing should not be affected by the June 12, 2009, cut-off date for full-power analog broadcasting. Please contact your service provider for complete information.


Background Information

After June 12, 2009, full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only. The switch from analog to digital broadcast television is referred to as the digital TV (DTV) transition. In 1996, the U.S. Congress authorized the distribution of an additional broadcast channel to each broadcast TV station so that they could start a digital broadcast channel while simultaneously continuing their analog broadcast channel.

Congress mandated that February 17, 2009, would be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. Then in February 2009 Congress passed the DTV Delay Act which extended the deadline for full-power broadcast TV stations to complete the DTV transition from February 17, 2009, to June 12, 2009. However, Congress did not require stations to continue broadcasting in analog. Some broadcast stations in the U.S. have already switched over and are broadcasting in digital only. The remaining stations will stop broadcasting in analog sometime between now and June 12, 2009.

For more information about this federal government mandate, we recommend you visit the official U.S. government digital TV FAQ website at www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html. The website explains in detail the upcoming changes and what they mean for consumers.


Digital Transition Options

If you are currently using an antenna to receive all your TV programming, your world is about to change. Digital signals will soon make over-the-air analog a thing of the past.

After June 12, 2009, you will have three options to continue to view television programming.

Purchase a Converter Box to Use With Your Analog Television

A digital-to-analog converter box will allow you to continue using your existing analog television to watch over-the-air digital broadcasts.

To help consumers with the DTV transition, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce, administers this program. Every U.S. household is eligible to receive up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. You will be able to request the coupons beginning in January of 2008. The coupons may only be used for eligible converter boxes sold at participating consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at the time of purchase. Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each. This is a one-time cost. For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program, visit the NTIA’s website at www.ntia.doc.gov/dtvcoupon, or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).

Purchase a New Television With a Digital Tuner

Sony has been complying with the US Government’s mandate by manufacturing our televisions to be compatible with receiving both analog and digital broadcasts. You can purchase a new Sony digital television online at www.sonystyle.com, or at many fine retail locations.

To find an authorized Sony retailer in your area please visit direct.where2getit.com/sony/index.php.

Please dispose of unwanted electronic products responsibly. At Sony, we support the recycling of our products with the same respect we have when creating them. Teaming up with Waste Management, we've built a recycling program that makes it easy to dispose of electronics in an environmentally-safe way. Bring your unwanted Sony product to any participating Waste Management eCycling drop-off center and recycle it for free. For more information please visit www.sony.com/recycle, or call 877-342-6756.

Subscribe to a Cable or Satellite Service

Cable and satellite subscribers with analog televisions hooked up to their cable or satellite service are not be affected by the June 12, 2009, cut-off date for full-power analog broadcasting, but you should contact the service provider for more complete information.