Nation
5:38 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end

NEW YORK – For TV viewers across America, D-Day has arrived. That's "D" as in "digital."

Starting in the morning and going into the night, TV stations across the U.S. are cutting their analog signals on Friday to go entirely digital.

It ends a six-decade era for analog broadcasting and could strand more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.

The Federal Communications Commission has 4,000 operators waiting for calls from confused viewers. However, a partial shutdown of analog broadcasting in February resulted in fewer calls than expected.

TV sets hooked up to cable or satellite feeds will not be affected. Antenna-equipped digital TVs and older sets hooked up to converter boxes should be fine, but they will need to be set to "re-scan" the airwaves to find stations that move to new
frequencies Friday.