Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Is Your TV Ready for Switch to Digital? You'll Be Able to Find out during a Test on Wednesday Evening

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Is Your TV Ready for Switch to Digital? You'll Be Able to Find out during a Test on Wednesday Evening

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Byline: MARK BASCH

Are you ready for the television industry's conversion from analog signals to digital? If you're not sure, you'll have the opportunity to find out Wednesday evening.

On Feb. 17, all U.S. television stations will switch off the analog signals they've been sending to your home for years and begin broadcasting only digital signals. In preparation for that switch, Jacksonville's local television stations (WJXT TV-4, WJCT TV-7, WTLV TV-12, WCWJ TV-17, WJXX TV-25, WAWS TV-30 and WTEV TV-47) will be running a two-minute test on Wednesday that will let local viewers see if their televisions are prepared for the February switch.

The digital conversion affects only televisions that use over-the-air antennas to receive signals. Older sets that do not have digital tuners may need converter boxes to receive the digital signals. Cable and satellite service subscribers should not be affected. But if you're not sure what you have, Wednesday's test will help you figure out if you're ready.

When will the test take place?

The test will run from 6:25 to 6:27 p.m. With several of the stations broadcasting local news at that time, they'll be providing information about the test and the digital conversion before and after the test.

What about stations that aren't broadcasting newscasts?

Those stations will also interrupt programming and participate in the test from 6:25 to 6:27. But if you're watching a program like The Simpsons on WAWS, you won't miss anything. The entire show will be fit in around the test.

What do I need to do during the test?

If your TV is connected to a cable or satellite service, just tune your TV to one of the six local commercial stations or public broadcasting station WJCT at 6:25 p.m.

If you receive your TV signal by an antenna, you will have to tune your TV to one of the digital stations. For example, you can currently watch WJXT by tuning to channel 4, which is an analog station. But to receive the digital signal, you must tune to channel 4.1 or 4.2.

If your television is not capable of tuning to channel 4.1 or 4.2 and you don't use cable or satellite, it's not ready for the conversion. …

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