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DTV Transition


The date when television goes all digital is June 12

WACY ceased broadcasting in analog at 10:00am on Friday, June 12.

For help with digital TV questions, please either contact the station or the FCC hotline, available 24/7, following the digital transition at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-2255-322).

By law, full-power television stations nationwide must begin broadcasting exclusively in a digital format by June 12, 2009. The U.S. Congress approved an extension of the deadline, which was originally set for February 17. * 

Digital television, known as DTV, is an innovative type of broadcasting technology that provides crystal-clear pictures and sound, and more programming choices than ever before.


My DTV Transition Guide


 June 12, 2009 is the new final date for analog broadcast television in the United States as the nation's full power television stations complete their transition to an all-digital system. 

Click here for the FCC's Digital TV Transition information site.

1. Why is the television switching from analog to digital and what does this mean?

Currently, many over-the-air stations are broadcasting in both analog and digital TV (DTV) formats.  After June 12, 2009, full-power TV stations will only broadcast in digital. The DTV transition will  affect those who watch free over-the-air television (through a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears”). If you watch over-the-air programs on an analog TV, you must take action before June 12, 2009.

2. When will the switch to digital television happen?

On June 12, 2009  the switch will take place.  It is required by federal law in order to free up frequencies for police, fire, and emergency rescue communications, allow broadcasters to offer programming with better picture and sound quality and offer more programming choices, and allow for commercial advanced wireless services.

3. Will my old TV still work, if not how do I fix it?

1) Connect your analog TV to a digital-to-analog converter box. Digital-to-analog converter boxes will be in stores in 2008 and will have a one-time cost of $40-$70. To help consumers pay for the boxes, the U.S. Government will be offering two $40 coupons per household. You will be able to request the coupons beginning in January of 2008. For more information on the coupons, visit, or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY). Your current broadcast antenna should work for digital broadcasts.

2) Buy a digital television (a TV with a built-in digital tuner). Remember that you do not need to buy a High Definition TV (HDTV) to enjoy digital broadcast television. Plus, your current broadcast antenna should work for digital broadcasts.

3) Subscribe to a paid TV service. If you subscribe to a paid service such as cable or satellite TV, you should contact your provider to see what, if any, equipment you may need. Remember that you will need a digital-to-analog converter box for any analog TV in your home not connected to your paid TV service

4. What is a Plasma television?

This display solution consists of millions of phosphor-coated miniature glass bubbles containing plasma. An electric current flows through the screen, causing certain plasma-containing bubbles to emit ultraviolet rays, triggering the phosphor coating to produce the proper color (red, green or blue).

5. What is a LCD television

LCD or Liquid Crystal Display is used in portable computers, digital watches and, in home entertainment products. An LCD display consists of a liquid crystal solution suspended between two glass plates. When an electric current is passed through the liquid crystal solution, it causes the crystals to align in a certain configuration. As a result, light can pass through certain crystals and not through others, thereby producing the projected image.

6. What is DLP television?

DLP technology delivers crystal clear, razor-sharp image in a broad range of projection and display applications including business projectors, home entertainment projectors, large screen HDTVs, video walls and projection systems used in commercial entertainment. DLP Cinema® technology, which delivers large screen images that are superior in many respects to film, is helping to revolutionize the movie industry.  At the core of every DLP projection system is an optical semiconductor called the DLP chip, which functions as an extremely precise light switch. The DLP chip contains an array of millions of microscopic mirrors. By switching these mirrors on and off a DLP projection system can deliver lifelike, razor-sharp images.

7. What are the advantages of buying a High Definition Television?

Digital television and HDTV, High Definition Television, offers viewers more pixels and therefore a better picture. Today's analog television sets, like the ones we've all used since television began, are made up of 525 lines. HDTV sets scan 1,080 lines to create HDTV pictures. Adding more than twice the number of lines multiplies the number of pixels (small dots that create the picture). Current sets have about 300,000 pixels, while HDTV is composed of more than two million pixels. In addition, analog sets are in a 4:3 aspect ratio while the new HDTV sets will be in the wider, movie-theater like view of 16:9.

8. How can I get digital television reception, what are HD antennas?

A special antenna generally is not needed to receive digital signals. You may have antenna issues, however, if your current antenna does not receive UHF signals (channels 14 and above) well, because most DTV stations are on UHF channels. In such a case, you may need a new antenna or to add a UHF section to your existing antenna system.

9. Will my favorite channels change position?

Yes. Just like you experience with your current analog system, digital channels will have a different channel position based on whether you receive your digital signal over-the-air, by cable, or by satellite. As the digital conversion progresses, more information will be available about channel positions.

10. Are all programs in high definition?

No. In the beginning much of the programming on NBC26 and MYNEW32 will consist of upconverted analog signals.

Upconverted means that we will take the current analog signal and encode it for broadcast on the digital television channel. Our local newscasts are not available in HDTV at this time, although we will provide them on the digital signal by upconverting in the near future.

11. Will my VCR, DVD player, and camcorder work with digital television sets?

VCRs, DVD players, camcorders and video games will continue to work, even if they are only analog-capable. Such equipment, however, may not provide digital-quality picture and sound. Manufacturers are producing a number of different connectors to hook equipment together and improve picture and sound quality. Check with your equipment retailer to determine the types of connectors that will work with your equipment.

12. What is the difference between stereo and surround sound?

Stereophonic sound, commonly called stereo, is the reproduction of sound, using two or more independent audio channels, through a symmetrical configuration of loudspeakers, in such a way as to create a pleasant and natural impression of sound heard from various directions, as in natural hearing.  In popular usage, stereo usually means 2-channel sound recording and sound reproduction using data for more than one speaker simultaneously

Surround sound refers to the application of multichannel audio to channels "surrounding" the audience (generally some combination of left surround, right surround, and back surround) as opposed to "screen channels" (center, [front] left, and [front] right).


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