TV viewers in the Central Mississippi area are about to see some big changes in a landmark local station.
In the coming weeks, WLBT will be moving their primary digital signal from VHF Digital Channel 7 to UHF Digital Channel 30.
The move is intended to expand the coverage of WLBT's over the air signal as well as lay the foundation for expansion into emerging digital technologies.
"The FCC has approved WLBT moving to a better channel, we are increasing our transmitter power and putting up a higher, more powerful antenna. These upgrades will allow more people to receive WLBT over the air. In addition, moving to the UHF spectrum will give WLBT a digital ready channel for new emerging technologies, specifically mobile television", according to General Manager, Dan Modisett."
Construction crews have been working for several weeks on the additions. Tower crews are now working on installing the new antenna.
"Right now, we are hoping to transition in the next few weeks. The crews are working tirelessly, but weather is always a factor" said Modisett.
Once the new signal is being broadcast, viewers who receive WLBT over the air, either through a digital television or a digital converter box, will need to re-scan their channels in order to pick up the new signal.
WLBT will make a formal announcement when the exact change over date is determined. Stay Tuned.