New Mexico has many free, over-the-air television stations. The signal for most of these stations originates from Albuquerque. These stations include the Fox affiliate KASA-TV, the UPN Affiliate
KASY-TV, KAZQ-TV, the Univision affiliate KLUZ-TV, the PBS -affiliate KNME-TV, the ABC affiliate KOAT-TV, the NBC affiliate KOB-TV,
the CBS affiliate KRQE-TV, the Telefutura
affiliates KTFA-TV and KTFQ-TV, the CW affiliate KWBQ-TV, andthe Trinity Broadcasting station KNAT-TV 23.
Stations outside of Albuquerque that will also be making the switch to digital in June include KBIM-TV (Roswell), KOBR-TV (Roswell), KRWG-TV (Las Cruces), and KVBA-TV (Alamogordo). However, KENW-TV (Portales) and KOBF-TV (Farmington) have already switched to a full-power digital signal.
To make sure you're
ready for the digital transition, consumers need to check two things: their television sets and
how they get their signal.
No matter how old your TV is, it may not have a digital tuner. To check whether your TV set can receive
digital signals, take a look at your owner's manual or look on the set for an indication that it has a
built-in Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) tuner. You can also go to the manufacturer's website
and check the capabilities of the set by manufacturer model number.
If your set has an analog tuner, then you can do one of three things to convert
- DTV converter box - Consumers can purchase a DTV converter box that plugs into an
existing analog TV set. A converter box will enable you to continue to use your set and receive free,
over-the-air broadcasts. These converter boxes (also known as a set-top box) will be available for purchase
in early 2008. Consumers can order a $40 coupon from the federal government that may be used toward the
purchase of one of these boxes.
In addition to the converter boxes, consumers will need an antenna to "grab" the transmission and bring it into their homes. Click "Antenna Info" above for more information on what kind of an antenna you might need.
- Paid Service - Subscribers of cable (i.e, Comcast) or satellite (i.e, DISH or DirectTV)
service provider who have analog TV sets may receive a converter box from their service provider. Consumers
should contact their service provider to see if a converter will be provided. Otherwise, a converter box
will need to be purchased.
- Go Digital - Consumers may simply want to jump on the digital bandwagon and purchase
a new television set with a digital tuner in order to receive all the free, over-the-air digital signals. Please note: some electronics outlets are still selling analog sets. ASK FOR DIGITAL.
Even with a digital television, some consumers may still need an antenna. Click "Antenna Info" above for more information on what kind of an antenna you might need.
If you know your set has a digital tuner, you will be able to receive all digital
signals that are available in your area. Check "What happens where I live?" link to understand what's happening in your community.
Still have questions? Contact the nationwide toll-free DTV hotline at 888-CALL FCC.