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‘DTV Day’ readiness test to be held on Wednesday

‘DTV Day’ readiness test to be held on Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 9:05 pm

 Every Tennessee television market — Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Knoxville, Chatta-nooga and Tri-Cities — will participate in the National DTV Transition educational initiative Wednesday. To help viewers prepare for the federally-mandated shutdown of full-power television analog signals and the transition to digital television (“DTV”) on Feb. 17, 2009, each television market across Tennessee will participate in “DTV Day” from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. The digital broadcast transition will not affect any television sets connected to subscription video providers. This test is of value to those customers who may have additional household television sets that may not be connected to cable, satellite or phone services. This test should allow customers to confirm whether or not their television sets will work after the local stations turn off their analog broadcast signals. To help the public get a sense of who will be affected by the February transition and who will not be affected, “over-the-air” television broadcasters are partnering with these local services to do market-wide demonstrations on Wednesday. Three elements will help viewers understand if they’re ready for the transition to digital broadcast television and what they need to do if their TVs “fail” the “DTV Day” test: • “Virtual Shutdown” readiness tests of “up to” two minutes in duration.       • In-depth program-length information on viewers’ options to insure a viewable signal after the analog shutdown. • Detailed explanations to frequently asked questions including how to re-scan and/or adjust their antennas for digital signals. Here’s how DTV Day will work: On Wednesday, participating stations in each market across Tennessee will participate in a Virtual Shutdown Demo readiness test. The test will occur across participating channels 6-7 p.m. local time. The tests will last up to two minutes each and will alert television audiences whether or not their television sets are ready for the DTV Transition through a graphic display. Stations will then describe the necessary steps to insure a viewable digital signal after the analog shutdown. Stations will also produce content during the 6-7 p.m. time period to inform viewers of options for older analog sets after the digital transition, and some will provide detailed explanations to frequently asked questions about the transition including how to re-scan and/or adjust their antennas for digital signals. Published in The Messenger 12.16.08

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