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Kent Hatfield
VP of Technology & Operations
Answers your Questions

About DTV
Television as we know it is about to change.
In an effort to make the transition an easy switch for our viewers and our members, we have created this web site to help answer your questions, and provide you with the informational tools and resources needed to ensure that you’ll continue to receive all the great WXXI-TV programs you’ve come to rely on, and enjoy. So browse around - read WXXI's VP of Technology & Operations Kent Hatfield's DTV blog, visit our Q&A page, watch a series of informational videos, and send us your DTV questions!

On June 12th, 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-ThinkBright/Create).

  • Enjoy more channel selection.
  • Allows stations to send multiple channels at the    same time.
  • See improved emergency communications.
  • Question & Answers ( FAQ ):
    What exactly is DTV? DTV can refer to either: the system for sending higher quality, digital television signals over-the-air; the higher quality, digital television signals themselves; or the TV.
    Is DTV the same
    thing as HDTV?
    No. HDTV, or high definition television, is the highest quality form of digital television. Not all DTV is high definition.
    What are my options? If your TV receives its signal over- the-air with an antenna and does not have a digital tuner, you have three options to continue receiving TV after June 12th, 2009.

    see the option.
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