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.