WTAP-TV encourages you to learn all about the February 17th, 2009, digital television switch in our three-part series, "Digital TV: Stepping into the Future."
In this series, we address many of the questions and try to sort out the facts about digital television from the many rumors and misinformation out there.
On February 17th, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission will require every TV station in the United States to turn off its analog transmitter and begin broadcasting only in digital.
Digital television allows television stations to broadcast in high definition ("HD") or offer more than one channel by "multi-casting." In fact, WTAP-TV was the first full-power "over-the-air" HD television station in West Virginia, when it started carrying NBC's HD programming on its digital transmitter in 2002. And it became one of the first TV stations in America to begin sending out more than one digital signal when it launched Fox Parkersburg and My5 in 2006. WTAP-TV has been broadcasting both in analog and digital for the past five years.
We hope this special three-part series answers your questions about DTV. We hope you also check out the many other DTV resources we've made available to you on this page.