Some local channels make leap to digital

02/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
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In the Tampa bay area, three local television stations, including PBS affiliate WEDU, will be turning off their analog signals at midnight despite the fact that Congress has extended the deadline for cutting analog broadcasts to June 12.

The Associated Press reports that nearly a third of all full power stations around the country have either already turned off their analog signal or will after tomorrow.

But there are still millions of citizens who watch television with the old-fashioned rabbit ears. Some people simply haven’t made that choice, but the majority are still waiting to receive the $40 coupons the FCC has been distributing to make the transition. There’s a waiting list for such coupons.

Tomorrow an FCC official in the area will be conducting teach-ins on all aspects of digital conversions – including how to actually correctly adapt that piece of equipment to your television.

Jerry Ulsik with the Tampa office of the FCC will be speaking about all thing Digital conversion tomorrow. He’ll be at the College Hill Library in Tampa at 1:30 p.m. That’s at 2607 E. MLK Jr. Blvd And he’ll be at the Southshore Library in Ruskin at 6. That’s at 15816 Beth Shields Way.

In addition to WEDU, the two other local television stations cutting their analog signal tonight are WVEA-Channel 62, the area's Spanish-language Univision affiliate and WTTA-Channel 38.

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