GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - After talking about it for more than a year, the switch toDigital Television is upon us all.
At 10 a.m. Friday, television stations around the country --including WOOD TV8 -- will switch off their analog transmitters forgood. The era of digital transmission begins at that moment.
Mike Laemers, the chief engineer for WOOD TV 8, said viewerswill see the 10 a.m. program "and they'll never know anythinghappened."
That is, if you have Digital TV, or an older TV with cable orsatellite, or you have a converter box.
But if you have an old analog TV and haven't done any of that,the only thing you'll see on your screen is snow. Your TV watchingdays will be over until you take action.
If that's the case, you will "need to go out to Best Buy orRadio Shack or Target and get a converter box and hook it up andget the digital signal," Laemers said.
WOOD TV8 operated a hot line that gets about 40 calls a day anda Web site that gets as many emails.
"I think we've done as much educating as we can," Laemers said."Now, it's up to the few people that don't have the converter boxesor digital TVs. Go and do it or they're gonna miss their TV."
It is estimated about 3.5 percent of the households in this areaare not ready. That's about 23,000 homes.
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