How to Find What Channels Are Available for Digital TV

By Caroline Goddard

By June 12, 2009, all television stations in the United States had to complete the transition from analog to digital transmission. This advanced technology allows you to view your favorite shows with better picture and sound quality. How can you find those shows if you do not know what channels are available for digital TV in your area? It is easier than you think. Follow these few simple steps and you will be watching your favorite program in no time.

Step 1

Go to the DTV.gov webpage containing the list of all full-power stations nationwide: http://www.dtv.gov/stationlist.htm.

Step 2

Enter your zip code in the box near the top left corner of the page. Click the magnifying glass to complete your search.

Step 3

View the chart showing the list of channels available for your zip code. There are columns for the local station call sign, the network represented by each and its digital channel number for your specific area.

Tips & Warnings

  • For digital cable listings, consult the website of your local cable provider.
  • If you have an older television that does not have built-in digital capabilities, you will not be able to watch these channels without a digital converter box. These range in cost from about $45 to $80. The government coupon program to offset the cost of these boxes has expired, so plan on paying the cost yourself.