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Stations begin transition to digital

Posted June 12, 2009

Friday is DTV transition day!

After years of planning, television broadcasts in analog format will cease Friday and be replaced by a digital signal. You can get information by calling the FCC's hotline at 1-888-Call FCC (1-888-225-5322) or reading our DTV help page.

If you do not have cable, satellite or a newer TV with a digital tuner, you will not be able to watch TV unless you have a converter box.

WRAL-TV made the switch at 12:55 p.m.

Viewers who get our signal over the air, using an antenna, will need to rescan their channels in order to find WRAL on our new frequency. The easiest way to do that is to simply unplug your TV for five minutes and plug it back in!

If you have an antenna TV and have not installed a digital TV converter box, there are plenty in stock at area Targets, Wal-Marts, Best Buys and other retailers. The federal government is offering a $40 coupon toward the cost of a converter box. You can apply for the coupon by phone or online but you will have to wait for the coupon to arrive in the mail.

Where to get help

WRAL experts answered questions about the transition live online earlier Friday.

You can also get information by calling the FCC's hotline at 1-888-Call FCC (1-888-225-5322) or reading our DTV help page.

To ask questions in person, visit one of the designated DTV help locations listed below.


View Walk-in centers for DTV help in a larger map

Best Buy
6101 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27616
877-207-9406

K-Mart
4300 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
877-207-9406

Farm Labor Organizing Committee
4354 U.S. Hwy. 117 South Alt.
Dudley, NC 28333
919-731-4433

El Quelite And Wash Time Laundrymat
1790 U.S. Hwy 17
Faison, NC 28341
919-731-4433

Amtrak Station
400 W. Chapel Hill St.
Durham, NC 27701
202-387-8324

Amtrak Station
320 W. Cabaruss St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
202-387-8324

Wayne County Senior Center
100 South John Street
Goldsboro, NC 27865
919-731-1591

Franklinton Senior Center
602 East Mason
Franklinton, NC 27525
919-494-5611

Elizabeth Memorial Library
213 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-398-5724

Best Buy
14125 Rivergate Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28273
877-207-9406

Radio Shack
813 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
828-254-3205

Radio Shack
K-Mart Plaza Shop Center
4 South Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-2911

Radio Shack
Highland Square Mall
210 Highlands Square Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-1819

Radio Shack
Forest Ridge Shop Center
1636 Hendersonville Hwy 4
Asheville, NC 28803
828-274-5282

Radio Shack
K-Mart Plaza
1189 Russ Ave.
Waynesville, NC 28786
828-452-7429

Radio Shack
Biltmore Square Mall
800 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-667-4235

54 Comments

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  • noreplytome2 Jun 12, 7:43 p.m.

    Hyped up nearly as much as the piggieflu!

  • tooter9565 Jun 12, 6:21 p.m.

    I grew up in Dickenson County..close to Wise County in a small town called McClure VA

  • tdebord Jun 12, 6:11 p.m.

    Hey tooter9565, I grew up in the mountains (boonies) of Va also. Where did you live in the Va mountains?

  • cheddarhead Jun 12, 5:00 p.m.

    got the box on two tv's. nothing works today. Nice guys!!

  • tooter9565 Jun 12, 4:46 p.m.

    I realize that some folks live out in the boonies (I grew up in the mountains of VA and didn't have cable until I was about 13 or so)and I understand some people not wanting to pay the high cost of cable etc. but folks we have known about this change for what seems like forever, and there are still going to be millions without T.V.? I just don't get it...why have so many not gotten the message? I did my part and made sure my fellow neighbors esp. the elderly where prepared...I even purchased a couple of boxes for them...

  • 007KnightRider Jun 12, 4:37 p.m.

    "It's 3:24PM on Friday. WRAL does not come on my Digital TV. It also doesn't come in on my converter box on my analog TV. Sure I live in the boonies, but WTVD 11 is now on both in digital. So WRAL are you fully broadcasting your signal or still using the temporary signal? It would be nice to get you here in Person County. Your analog signal reached here, will your digital?" - justaman

    Hey, have you done the reset of your converter box? You may have to reset it throughout the day as some networks (PBS) will be making the digital switch at midnight.

  • tdebord Jun 12, 4:06 p.m.

    I understand people need to get info and be educated on this digital business. But my goodness, with all the PSA's and hand-wringing, one would think this is Y2K all over again.

    Having said that, I do appreciate WRAL being on the cutting edge of technology.

  • blytle Jun 12, 3:31 p.m.

    Well, I am disappointed to read all of the negative comments. This is a WONDERFUL day with this new technology. Congratulations to Jim Goodmon who pioneered HD television in the United States!! It's a wonderful way to watch TV, especially sporting events! Jim, we are grateful to you for your love of and interest in technology so that your industry could move forward!!

  • dugmeister Jun 12, 3:28 p.m.

    So did I miss something? Are they changing TV signals or something? Why didn't they tell us about this before today...

    (yeah.. that was sarcasm)

  • notthemama Jun 12, 3:27 p.m.

    It's 3:24PM on Friday. WRAL does not come on my Digital TV. It also doesn't come in on my converter box on my analog TV. Sure I live in the boonies, but WTVD 11 is now on both in digital. So WRAL are you fully broadcasting your signal or still using the temporary signal? It would be nice to get you here in Person County. Your analog signal reached here, will your digital?

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