January 14, 2009
NewsChannel 36 Prepares Two more DTV Readiness Tests
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC - Carolinas NewsChannel 36 will be conducting two more DTV readiness tests on Thursday, January 15. The DTV tests will be the 6th and 7th done by the station. The analog signal will be shut off temporarily to help viewers determine if their TV's are ready for the switch to digital television in just weeks. The first test will take place during the 6 news at 6:24pm lasting for 5 minutes. The second test of the evening will take place at 7:28pm lasting for 2 minutes.
Viewers who can still see the station's broadcast during the tests already have a television ready for DTV. To answer questions phone banks will be open at NewsChannel 36 from 4 to 8pm.
"This will be the 6th and 7th DTV tests Carolinas NewsChannel 36 has conducted in its continuing effort to make sure all of our viewers are ready for the switch to Digital TV on February 17th." said Tim Morrissey, President and General Manager of NewsChannel 36.
Congress has mandated that television signals convert to all-digital broadcasting, known as Digital Television (DTV) on February 17th. Viewers must have the capability to receive the digital signal or their televisions may not work. The government is mandating this conversion to DTV to free up frequencies for public safety communications (such as police, fire and emergency rescue) and provide more frequencies for advanced commercial wireless services for consumers. Digital television also enables television stations to provide improved picture and sound quality (including high definition television) and to offer more programming options through multiple broadcast streams.
Viewers subscribing to cable or satellite television do not need to take any action to prepare for the conversion. Even without cable or satellite television service newer televisions may have a digital tuner, especially if it was purchased in the last year. Since May 25 of 2007, all televisions sold have been required to either contain the digital tuner or the retailer must disclose at point of sale that the television sold does not contain the tuner. Anyone with an older television or one purchased without a built-in digital tuner will need to obtain a converter box by February 17, 2009, in order to receive the over-the-air broadcasts. For more information on conversion to DTV visit www.wcnc.com
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