It's a month closer to the analog shut-off and transition to total digital delivery of all broadcast television. As February 17, 2009, looms ever closer, the anticipation on the part of staff is not too unlike awaiting the birth of a child-should we paint the nursery pink or blue or do we fudge it and go with yellow, and how can we best raise the child to be a good person and a benefit to society?
We have a pretty good idea of how the digital technology will work, but how do we best program it to be the most useful for you? Under consideration are an expanded news and public affairs service, more children's programming, perhaps a Spanish language service, and a larger local/regional presence.
While we work on that end, we want to make sure that things work on your end. Three simple things you need to know to be prepared for the transition:
- Any television already connected to cable or satellite will work.
- New digital televisions connected to a portable or fixed antenna will work.
- Old analog televisions will require the addition of a converter box to work.
To help you prepare for the transition, WTVP will hold an open house on Sunday November 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations of how to hook up the converter boxes, a look at various antennas available and how to hook them up, and we will even have computers and personnel available to help you order your discount coupons on line from the federal government. The public is welcome.
If you already have a converter box, I urge you to hook it up now to see if it works. If it doesn't, stop by the open house and we'll see if we can help.
Finally, all of us at WTVP have a significant amount to be thankful for this year. Please accept our thanks for your support over the years, and especially this past winter when you really did save the station. Happy Thanksgiving!
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)