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Council News Release

6/4/2009  11:00:00 AM
Contact: Michael Jerrett, Harrell Office, (206) 684-8804

Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata

One Week Countdown to the Digital Television Transition
Seattle residents can exchange DTV coupons for a no-cost box on Friday

    What: DTV Converter Box Swap

    When: Friday, June 5, 2009 - from 1 to 7 p.m.

    Where: New Holly Community Center, 7050 32nd Ave S. (at Myrtle), Seattle 98118

    Who: The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR-EF), Reclaim the Media, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center/Youth Media Institute, The Leadership Academy, Dish Network, The ARC of King County, and Thee Way Out

    Why: With one week remaining until the June 12th Digital Television Transition, Seattle residents have the opportunity to swap their government-issued $40 coupons for a new DTV converter box. Get hands-on instruction in setting it up and tuning in digital channels.

With seven days remaining, this is a great opportunity to exchange your $40 coupon for a free DTV converter box, said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Seattle residents, who are still not ready, need to act now to continue receiving their normal television programming.

Councilmember Nick Licata noted that "We sometimes forget that for many people TV is not simply entertainment. It provides important news, weather and emergency broadcast information. Reclaim the Media and Dish Network deserve a huge 'thank you' for providing free digital converter boxes to residents in need so they can continue receiving TV reception after next week's digital transition."

In addition to the box swap, volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate converter box and antenna setup, and answer questions about the DTV transition.

For more information, visit the website or the Citys website .

Seattle DTV Assistance Centers will remain open past the June 12 transition date:

For local telephone assistance, call 206-508-1277 (English), 206-988-3760 (Espaol), 800-582-4259 (Korean), 800-582-4218 (Chinese), or 800-582-4336 (Vietnamese).

Local drop-in assistance centers:

  • Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry St. (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St (Tues/Thurs 5pm-8pm)
  • Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW. (M-F 9am-9pm)
  • Leadership Academy, 425 SW 144th St, Burien. (en espaol; Mon/Weds 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-9pm, workshops Thurs 10am-2pm, Sat. 6pm-8pm)

Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Councils website at Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are available on Questions about Council news releases can be directed to Nancy Roberts, Council Communications, at 206-684-8146, or by e-mail at


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