The D.C. Public Library in partnership with Radio Shack and the Maryland, D.C. and Delaware Broadcasters Association, is hosting DTV conversion workshops beginning May 13, 2009. The workshops are designed to help residents prepare for the digital television conversion on June 12.
While the federal government has mandated that all full-power television stations begin broadcasting only in digital on June 12, many local households are not prepared to receive digital signals. In DC, 82,000 households are not connected to a converter box, cable, satellite or other subscription service needed to receive digital television programming. In addition, 342,000 DC households have only upgraded some of their television equipment.