One Week Until Digital Transition

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

The countdown is on.

The transition to digital at WILX-TV happens in just one week, on Feb. 17.

"Hang in there," says Karole White, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "It's going to be great."

"There's going to be more channels, and there's going to be better pictures," White says. "Everybody in the end, I think, will be glad for the switch."

To be glad, you first need to be ready. If you have cable or satellite TV, you're all set.

"Remember to check all the televisions in your home," cautions White. "Just because you have cable on the main TV, don't forget about the TV that's in the garage."

If you use an antenna to get your TV over the air, you have a few options: You can buy a new TV, subscribe to cable or satellite, or buy a digital converter.

Converter boxes may be flying off the shelves at Radio Shack, but they are still available. Don't forget, though, you need an antenna to make it all work.

"The digital signals are a little weaker, so your old rabbit ears might not pull in as many channels anymore," says Christine Kolb, a Radio Shack sales associate. "So you might have to bump it up to an amplified antenna."

Starting Wednesday, WILX-TV will be running more crawls throughout regular programming, to make viewers aware the transition is fast approaching.

"The F.C.C. mandates an increase," explains White.

The F.C.C. decides how many messages, and how often. Though it may interfere with your favorite show, there's good reason.

"Television is not only entertainment, television is also emergency information," White says. "And we do not want one person left behind, not knowing where to get their information in case of an emergency."

It's so you're not left in the dark.


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  • by judy constine Location: owosso on May 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    WE ARE OFFERING A FREE DENTAL CLINIC IN OWOSSO ON SUNDAY MAY 3. WE HAVE HAD A HUGE RESPONSE OF PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE WAITING AS EARLY AS 3:00 in the morning ////// what a story for you to cover. it would hopefully the other medical, dental or optical offices to step up and do things for people that can not afford work. our office is located at 222 n.park st Owosso Dr knecht and Dr.wolf please report
  • by Denise Location: Lansing on Feb 16, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    Shame Shame channel 10....the reason for the extension,,, to help low income families get access to the converter boxes,,,thank goodness channel 6 values us enough to wait,,,,i have watched channel 10 for years...but since i dont matter as a veiwer ..you no longer will matter as a channel even after i get my coupon,,,,,
  • by Matt Location: Parma on Feb 11, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    with out the converter box i could get channel 10 now unless I unhook it i cannot. looks like no chanell 10 for me anymore. Not like they care after all the date was pushed back by Mr. President.
  • by LegallyRad Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    I thought that Islama had signed a bill to delay this til June... There went the one policy of his I was behind...
  • by Sam Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    It could be as simple as getting an ampliefier for your antennea if you are not getting channels or some converter boxes were cheaply made thus bad quality
  • by Charles on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    Who needs T.V. Most of the shows aren't worth watching any way. I watch about a dozen channels on satellite out of 100 or so. Consumers need to shut off the T.V. and force these program providers to taylor packages to our consumption of entertainment. Say NO to higher programming cost. Watch less T.V. and spend more time with your family and create your own entertainment. Consumers have the power to take our Country back.
  • by Linda Location: Brooklyn on Feb 10, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    Purchased converter box, only get 1 channel. DO NOT get any channels like 10, 6, 47, 53, 18 that we used to get, now we have to purchase an antenna and hope we will get more channels or get satellite as we don't have any other choice. So much for better TV,
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