All of Chicago’s TV stations are planning two digital TV tests for November 12 – from 6:53 a.m. to 6:58 a.m. and again from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m. This is to see if viewers are ready for the digital transition happening on February 17, 2009, when all analog broadcasts are shut off for good.
Viewers who are watching television with the ol’ rabbit ears (analog) will see information on how to switch to digital TV by February. Viewers watching via digital tuners, digital converters, cable, and satellite will see a message noting they are prepared for the switchover.
Nielsen estimates 10 percent of Chicago’s households watch their television exclusively over-the-air from analog sets, without converter boxes.
For more info on the digital switchover, scroll down to the “DTV Transition Center” on the Sidebar of this blog.