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Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. DTV 101: Get the Picture on the Digital Transition

(Rochester, NY) On the eve of the analog shut off, WXXI will host a live call-in show to help educate viewers about DTV. In this program the audience will learn more about the benefits of digital television, who will be affected, and what individuals need to do to insure that their TVs will work on June 12, 2009. Viewers will also have a chance to call into the station and ask questions. Calls will be taken, during the broadcast, at 866-348-9994. DTV 101: Get the Picture on the Digital Transition airs Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

On June 12, 2009 free over-the-air television will change from analog to digital. As part of a government mandate, television stations nationwide must switch from the old method of transmitting TV signals known as analog to digital television (DTV). DTV is a more efficient way to broadcast, and it will free up the airwaves for other services. DTV also provides movie-quality pictures and more channels – including more WXXI channels (WXXI-HD, WXXI-World and WXXI-Create/ThinkBright).

For more information on DTV, visit WXXI.org.dtv. There visitors can read a DTV blog written by Kent Hatfield, WXXI VP of Technology; visit a Q&A page; watch a series of informational videos; send in their DTV questions; and take a DTV diagnostic test to see what they need to do to be DTV-ready.

Pictured: On June 12 analog TVs that depend on antennas will go to snow.
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