Don’t forget: Chicago DTV tests today

Just a friendly remainder from The T Dog Media Blog: All local TV stations are conducting a test today to see if you are ready for the digital TV transition. Between 6:53 a.m. and 6:58 a.m. and again from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m., they will shut off their analog signals and replace it with a message stating “This TV is Not Ready”.

This means you need to get a converter box to convert you analog signals to digital. You can pick up a box at your local electronics store, and you can also get a coupon from the government to help defray the purchase.

Viewers with traditional over-the-air (no cable) televisions with old-fashioned rabbit ears are only affected; viewers who receive their signal via cable, over-the-air digital, or satellite won’t be.

WGN-TV meanwhile, plans to go the creative route and haul out Bozo the Clown during those five minutes to lecture us on the DTV transition.

For more information on the digital switchover, scroll down to the “DTV Transition Center” on The Sidebar of this blog.


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