Stations begin transition to digital

Posted June 12, 2009 5:00 a.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2009 1:53 p.m. EDT

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 .

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 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


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

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

4300 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

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

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

Amtrak Station
400 W. Chapel Hill St.
Durham, NC 27701

Amtrak Station
320 W. Cabaruss St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Wayne County Senior Center
100 South John Street
Goldsboro, NC 27865

Franklinton Senior Center
602 East Mason
Franklinton, NC 27525

Elizabeth Memorial Library
213 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

Best Buy
14125 Rivergate Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28273

Radio Shack
813 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806

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

Radio Shack
Highland Square Mall
210 Highlands Square Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Radio Shack
Forest Ridge Shop Center
1636 Hendersonville Hwy 4
Asheville, NC 28803

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

Radio Shack
Biltmore Square Mall
800 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28805