Congress passed a law on February 1, 2006, setting a final deadline for the DTV transition of February 17, 2009. In Hawaii however, full-power broadcasters serving the television market have voluntarily agreed to cease regular analog broadcasts at noon on January 15, 2009.
Beginning at 12:00pm on January 15, 2009, Hawaii's fullpower stations will broadcast only digital signals to their viewers in Hawai'i County, Maui County and the City and County of Honolulu. Kaua'i County is served by low-power translators and will not make the transition to DTV on that date. Televisions connected to cable, satellite, or other pay services are not affected by the transition and will continue to receive programs after January 15, 2009.
Television stations will continue broadcasting both analog and digital programming until January 15, 2009, when all analog broadcasting will stop. Analog TVs receiving over-the-air programming will still work after that date, but owners of these TVs will need to buy converter boxes to change digital broadcasts into analog format. Converter boxes will be available from consumer electronic products retailers at that time. Cable and satellite subscribers with analog TVs should contact their service providers about obtaining converter boxes for the DTV transition.