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Lt. Governor André Bauer Reminds Seniors to Prepare for Digital Television Transformation

January 6, 2009

André Bauer
Lieutenant Governor
Contact: John Legare
(803) 734-9917
jlegare@aging.sc.gov

News Release
For Immediate Release

Lt. Governor André Bauer Reminds Seniors to Prepare for Digital Television Transformation

(Columbia, S.C.) On February 17, many seniors may find that their televisions are not working because television broadcasts have changed from analog to digital. Individuals without cable, satellite service and/or a high definition television set likely will not be able to receive a television signal unless they purchase and install a digital converter box.

The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging has been working in cooperation with the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association, local broadcasters, and partners in the senior community to educate seniors on the upcoming conversion. As a part of this effort the SCBA will be training businesses, not-for-profits and faith community volunteers to assist seniors in preparing for the digital transition.

“Getting the word out on the digital transformation to seniors has been a priority for nearly a year now,” said Lt. Governor Bauer. “Helping seniors with home installation is an area of great need, and our partners in the aging network are getting involved. Deb Lewis, for example, from the Catawba Area Agency on Aging, has signed up to help seniors in her area and I encourage others to take advantage of training opportunities like this as well. We need to do everything possible to make a smooth transition to digital broadcast.”

SCBA will sponsor the first two in a series of DTV training sessions in Columbia on Thursday, January 8. The training will include an overview of the transition, viewer options, information about antennas, and a demonstration of how to install a converter box. Information is also available at http://www.dtvanswers.com , including a video on converter box installation, which can be found on the home page under News and Media.

For more information on this training opportunity or how to get training in your area call the SCBA at 803-732-1186, by email scba@scba.net, or contact your local broadcast station.
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