D.C. Public Library, Radio Shack Host DTV Workshops

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D.C. Public Library, Radio Shack Host DTV Workshops

Help available to prepare District residents for June 12 transition

The D.C. Public Library in partnership with Radio Shack and the Maryland, D.C. and Delaware Broadcasters Association, is hosting DTV conversion workshops beginning May 13, 2009.  The workshops are designed to help residents prepare for the digital television conversion on June 12.  

While the federal government has mandated that all full-power television stations begin broadcasting only in digital on June 12, many local households are not prepared to receive digital signals. In DC, 82,000 households are not connected to a converter box, cable, satellite or other subscription service needed to receive digital television programming.  In addition, 342,000 DC households have only upgraded some of their television equipment.

The workshops will focus on the benefits of digital television, what people need to do in order to continue receiving over-the-air television broadcasts after the conversion occurs, and how to apply for up to two $40 government coupons per household to help reduce the costs of obtaining a digital converter box.  The sessions will be led by employees of Radio Shack, which has partnered with libraries across the country to help educate citizens about the DTV transition.

Schedule:

May 13
12 noon
La.m.ond-Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 South Dakota Ave. N.E.

May 13
6:30 p.m.
Capitol View Neighborhood Library
5001 Central Ave. S.E.

May 15
10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 29
10:30 a.m.
Petworth Neighborhood Library
4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.

May 16
1 p.m.
Adaptive Services Division
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.

May 18
10 a.m.
May 21
6 p.m.
Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library
115 Atlantic St. S.W.

June. 6
1 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.

June. 20
3 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.