There are three easy ways to get FOX21 and other local digital TV stations:
If you have Comcast of Delmarva or Mediacom Cable, then you already get FOX21 on Cable Channel 5.
If you have Charter (Atlantic Broadband) in Somerset County, FOX21 is available on Cable Channel 10.
If you have cable through another provider other than Comcast or Mediacom, you will need to contact them and ask if they carry FOX21 or request that they add FOX21.
2-DIGITAL SET-TOP CONVERTER BOX
If you watch local TV stations with an antenna or via satellite*, then you'll need to purchase and install a Digital Set-Top Converter Box, which costs from $40-70. Plus, you can apply for up to two (2) $40 coupons by clicking on www.dtv2009.gov/.
A Digital Set-Top Converter Box will allow your existing analog TV set to receive all available digital signals in your area, including FOX21. Other channels available (depending on their signal strength) are 16.1 (WBOC Digital), 28 and 47.
*Local TV stations are not yet available via satellite. This is a decision made by the satellite companies. Please call your satellite provider for more information about when it plans to add local TV stations to its line-up and ask to have your local channels added.
For a list of vendors that provide set-top converter boxes, click here: www.ntia.doc.gov/dtvcoupon/NTIA_Certified_Retailers_121107.pdfcan
Installing A Digital Set-Top Converter Box:
You'll need to install the Digital Set-Top Converter Box between your antenna and existing analog TV set. If your TV set is older and only has one input, then you'll also need to purchase a RF Modulator to connect the Set-Top Converter Box. Additionally, a RF Modulator will also allow you to connect other devices to your TV such as a VCR or DVD player.
3-DIGITAL TV WITH A BUILT-IN TUNER
If you have a digital television with a built-in tuner, turn to channel 21.2 to watch FOX21 and 16.1 to watch WBOC.
If you're planning to buy a new television, be certain to insist upon one with a DIGITAL TUNER BUILT IN, which is capable of receiving your local stations' digital broadcasts.
For more information about DTV, log on to: http://www.dtv.gov .