Big Switch brings no major glitches - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Big Switch brings no major glitches

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The "Big Switch" from analog to digital television transmitting was completed overnight, and most viewers and cable companies appear to have been prepared.

Shortly after midnight Friday, WLBT joined other stations across the country in switching off its analog transmitter, leaving only its digital transmitter in service.

Shortly thereafter, WLBT also changed channels. The station had been broadcasting digitally on Channel 9, but it's now on Channel 7. For viewers with digital-to-analog converter boxes, however, the display will still indicate Channel 3 as usual.

Most cable and satellite customers were unaffected by the change, though some cable companies' carriage of the station was interrupted briefly.

By early Friday afternoon, WLBT had received dozens of calls from viewers with questions about the changes, but there were far fewer calls than anticipated.

The switch in channel positions means antenna users must re-scan to pick up the new channel. Other viewers had questions about how and where to position their antennas. Experts recommend that you aim you antenna toward Raymond, where most of the local stations' transmitting towers are located, and then re-scan.

If you have questions about the Big Switch, click here or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

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