WITN-TV Will Continue Analog Transmission Until June

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House voted to approve a four-month delay, essentially postponing the digital transition to June 12th. This new date is the last day that broadcasters are authorized to provide analog service to their viewers.

WITN-TV has opted to follow the other commercial broadcast stations in eastern North Carolina and will target analog shutdown on the revised June 12th deadline. General Manager Chris Mossman states, "We were prepared for a February 17th shutdown. The government set this date back in 2005 and gave everybody plenty of time to prepare. However, they've now changed their minds and due to competitive considerations, we will wait until June 12th to shut down our analog transmitters."

Consumers not yet prepared for the transition can purchase converter boxes at most electronic retailers including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart and Target. Boxes are also available on-line through E-Bay or Amazon.

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  • by Richard Location: Swansboro on Feb 9, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    It is unfortunate that the switch from analog to digital has been delayed. Those of us that have prepared now have to suffer because others could not get ready in 5 plus years. Unfortunately, your station has also decided to delay. But that is the way our Country now works. Buy a house you could not afford the government will bail you out. Make bad mortgage loans and the government will bail you out. Don't buy a converter box or new TV the government will bail you out. What about the folks who "play by the rules" who is going to bail us out?
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    I'm so sick of hearing about the #$%@ Digital Conversion. The folks selling the converters have successfully scared the elderly and those that don't know any better into thinking they'll loose their TV if they don't buy one of these boxes. Folks, unless your TV is the old dial type with UHF VHF on it you'll still get TV even if you're on an antenna.
  • by Dave Location: Yikes on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    Imagine that, people living in Eastern NC being too slow to get done what they have been warned about for over a year.
  • by Bill on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    When can we expect witn to broadcast the news in HD? 12years??
  • by v Location: New Bern on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    People won't go without tv. They're just to lazy to do anythig about it until they'r forced to.
  • by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    Tell me about it j...though I have cable, I still find this preposterous. People have been readily bombarded with incessant messages stating the conversion, and yet there are still a plethora of people not prepared?! The heck with 'em; go on with it!
  • by j on Feb 9, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    What a waste of taxpayers money. We have had years now of getting ready for this and now we have to wait longer? I want my tax money back!

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