Hawaii will be the first state in the U.S. to transition completely to digital television on January 15th, 2009.
FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein was quoted at a town hall meeting Tuesday when asked about the early Hawaii transition,
“They’re going to be overwhelmed. That’s why I’m telling people they should act now because if they wait until Jan. 15 to make the switch they’ll have some kind of problem. And call and get an answer — it will be a lot harder to get through than if you act today. You can today call local TV station and get answers if there’s a complication.”
The U.S. government agency in charge of the TV converter box coupon program, (NTIA), recently added a special link on their homepage (in .pdf form), entitled, “Hawaii Goes Digital”. Clicking on the link will require you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader (33MB Download!) already installed on your computer. By visiting the ”Hawaii Goes Digital” link, visitors can print out a tv converter box coupon application manually, fill out the required information, and send the coupon in by mail…as opposed to completing the dtv coupon application here online and saving money on a $.42 stamp and envelope.
The FCC is said to be watching the Hawaii transition closely, and has provided extra support by adding extra telephone lines to help deal with any problems that will occur after the transition date.
Consumers in Hawaii can learn more detailed info about the early transition at Starbulletin.com – DTV switch may leave some viewers in the dark