Raleigh, N.C. — WRAL-TV took part in a statewide test Wednesday night designed to help viewers figure out if they are ready for the digital TV transition.
By law, on Feb. 17, 2009, full-power television stations nationwide will stop using the old method of transmitting TV signals, known as analog, and begin broadcasting exclusively in a digital format.
Last week, Wilmington became the first television market in the country to begin digital-only broadcasting.
Some people there had trouble with their converter boxes because they weren't programmed to the station's correct digital channel. For example, they were set on Channel 5 instead of 5.1.
Wednesday night, the rest of North Carolina took part in a short test designed to help viewers determine if they are ready.
People watching WRAL’s News at 6 found out if they need to make adjustments.
Those watching a TV that receives a digital signal were able to see the newscast. However, those who only receive an analog signal saw a message letting them know their TV set is not digital ready.
The transition is being compared to the change from black-and-white television to color TV in the 1950s. TV stations have relied on analog signals for 65 years; digital TV provides a much sharper picture and better sound.
To find out more about the DTV transition, click here or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.