October 22, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Do your parents keep asking you about this whole DTV transition thing? Are their TVs stuck in 1982?
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), in its continuing effort to try to raise awareness leading up to the Feb. 17, 2009, TV switch to all-digital broadcasts, has opened up a contest on YouTube (www.youtube.com/dtvtransition).
You get to post video responses to country band Whiskey Falls’ video “We Are America,” which is an educational video about the DTV transition. For the “Digital TV: Convert Now!” contest, you can respond with a video that’s under 3 minutes long and offers education to family and friends on how to prepare for the transition.
If your video is approved, it will go onto the DTV Transition channel Favorites page, and entries will be judged on creativity, originality and aesthetic appeal.
The prize for all this DTV education is a home theater package that includes an HDTV, Blu-ray disc player and surround-sound system. Public voting starts on December 1, 2008, with the winner announced on December 10, 2008. Official rules at www.CE.org/dtvcontest.
Since laughs aren’t on the barometer for judging, we’ll assume that this video on College Humor that educates grandma about DTV won’t be entered (remember, it’s College Humor, so don’t say we didn’t warn you).
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