September 15, 2008

TV Stations to Test Digital Signals



Milwaukee TV stations are uniting today around 5:10 p.m. for a test of the impending digital transition.

Four stations will switch off their analog signals for a minute, while other local stations will air promotional announcements and information on a phone bank that will operate from 5 to 8 p.m. today to answer viewers' questions on the Feb. 17 federal deadline for TV stations to turn off their old analog signals.

The test will air on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), WITI-TV (Channel 6), WISN-TV (Channel 12) and WDJT-TV (Channel 58).

Subscribers to cable and other pay TV services won't be affected by the Feb. 17 analog shutdown. Viewers of television broadcasts over the air will need either a converter or a newer television equipped with a digital receiver.

The federal government is offering two $40 coupons per household to buy converters. Information on the coupon program is available at, or by calling (888) 388-2009.

-- Tim Cuprisin

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