Taking a Stand: Big Switch finally here - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Taking a Stand: Big Switch finally here

By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

The big switch is finally here! . Friday, when you wake up, you will no longer get an analog signal from 14WFIE-TV.

We are turning off our analog signal, as mandated by the federal government, at midnight.

So what does that mean to you? If you currently have cable or satellite, you'll be fine. If you own a new digital tv, you'll also be in good shape because all new sets include a built in digital receiver.

But, if you're using an older tv and get your signal over the air, or with rabbit ears, you'll need a converter box. You may also need a new antenna or even a signal booster.

That's why it's important that you plug in your converter box now and test the signal to see if you need a different antenna.

If you do need help, We'll have a panel on Friday to answer your calls at the station, or go to the Big Switch section of our web site.

You can also go to Kings, the official digital walk in center for the area, or you can call the FCC at 1-888-callfcc.

It's also important to remember that you will have to reprogram or rescan your converter box frequently in the next couple of days.

The tri-state television stations will be turning off at different times throughout the day, a couple as late as midnight Friday going into Saturday.

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