Informational meetings held Wednesday about Big Switch

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you'd like to learn more about The Big Switch today is the day.

The Federal Communications Commission will host two local informational sessions on the nationwide conversion from analog to digital TV signals.

The first will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson.

The second if from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

There will be a demonstration on hooking up the converter boxes and you can ask any questions you may have.

The Big Switch is February 17th, just six weeks away.

After that you can watch TV on an old analog TV set only if you have cable or satellite.

If you don't have cable or satellite TV, you'll either need a new TV with a digital receiver or a digital converter box for your analog TV.

Those converters cost about $50-to-$60 dollars.

The government had been passing out coupons good toward the purchase of digital converters,the agency running that program has run out of money.

So if you apply for a coupon now, you'll go on a waiting list.