Tomorrow, 11 local Orlando stations will unite to conduct the first of three innovative DTV transition tests designed to prepare viewers for the end of analog television on 2/17/09.
At 7:59 p.m. tomorrow, the stations will each perform a one-minute test. During the test, the stations will first alert viewers and explain how the test will work. Each station will then simulate the termination of analog broadcasting by removing the video signal that feeds the analog transmitter for 10 seconds causing the screen to go dark. On each participating station’s digital broadcasts, and on cable and satellite systems that receive direct feeds from the station, the station will notify viewers that they have successfully passed the test. At the conclusion of each test, stations will notify viewers that if their screen went blank they need to take corrective action. Also, during the test broadcasts, each station will provide a toll-free telephone number and website for additional DTV transition assistance.
Stations partnering to provide the tests are WESH-TV, Channel 2 (Hearst-Argyle Television Inc.), WKMG-TV, Channel 6 (Post-Newsweek Stations Inc.), WFTV-TV, Channel 9 (Cox Enterprises Inc.), WCEU-TV, Channel 15 (Daytona Beach Community College District), WKCF-TV, Channel 18 (Hearst-Argyle Television Inc.), WMFE-TV, Channel 24 (Community Communications Inc.), WVEN-TV, Channel 26, (Entravision Communications Corporation.), WRDQ-TV, Channel 27 (Cox Enterprises Inc.), WOTF-TV, Channel 43 (Univision Communications, Inc.), WTGL-TV, Channel 45 (Good Life Broadcasting, Inc.) and WBCC-TV, Channel 68 (Brevard Community College).