FCC to Test TV's Digital Era in N. Carolina

Wilmington will be feds' guinea pig to phase out analog
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 8:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Wilmington, NC, will be a test market for the switchover to all-digital television, the Wall Street Journal reports. The US as a whole is to change from analog signals by Feb. 17, but Wilmington could flip by Sept. 8 as broadcasters and the Federal Communications Commissions worry over how the process will play out.

The US seems to be adopting a model similar to that used by the UK, the Journal notes, which is making the switch to digital over four years. Subscribers to cable and satellite TV won't have to do anything, but those who use older TVs and an antenna will have to buy a converter to decode the new signals.