Volunteers install DTV converters

February 7, 2009 4:39:17 PM PST
With Congress postponing the digital television transition until June 12, you now have four extra months to prepare. For many, it's a confusing process, and for some viewers, like many of our seniors, they can't make the transition on their own. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

That's why some local volunteers are doing the necessary work to make sure some seniors are ready for DTV.

"I was kind of horrified about it. I couldn't afford to buy a new TV or whatever," said southeast Houston resident Eliska Walker.

Walker is about to enter the world of digital television, with the help of volunteers Marvella Washington and June Lohman.

"We've been in the Fifth Ward, the Homes Acres area, off West Tidwell," said Lohman.

This weekend, they are in southeast Houston installing digital converter boxes so seniors, who simply can't do it themselves, will continue to get a TV signal once the transition to digital TV happens.

"I'm disconnecting her box from a previous service that she's not using to put our converter box on," said Lohman.

The hookup only takes a matter of minutes.

People like Lohman and Washington are working with the organization Volunteer Houston to install more than 100 boxes this weekend alone.

"I just love it. It's just fantastic. I've got more channels to watch that I didn't even know existed. So I'm happy, very happy," said Walker.

Walker tells us she'll sleep well this weekend, knowing she's made the transition to DTV.

"It brings satisfaction to my heart to know that the five, ten minutes that I spend in their home, they can go to bed and not worry, because that's what it's about," said volunteer Washington.

Volunteer Houston is still looking for people to help install converter boxes. For more information on the organization's DTV Senior Initiative, click here.

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