For 2 minutes on Tuesday, analog TV signals will go dark in New York City
Analog television signals are being cut for two minutes on Tuesday, and screens will go blank in New York City homes that are not equipped for digital television.
The test is a coordinated effort among broadcasters who will shut down their analog signals at different moments beginning at 5:58 p.m. and ending at 6:01 p.m. that evening. The trial in the city is the largest one so far to gauge how ready Americans are for the total transition to digital television coming Feb. 19. TV viewers who are not digital-ready will see a message during the interruption, informing them of the coming transition and what they need to do to prepare.A small population has already gone fully digital in Wilmington, N.C., but New York is a far bigger testing ground. Officials at ION Media, the organizer of the test, expect to field a number of calls from New Yorkers who are confused about losing their television signals.
Most New Yorkers, however, probably wont notice. Nielsen has named New York the most-digital ready city with only about 3 percent of households unprepared.
Most new televisions are digital and all televisions hooked up to cable or satellite wont be affected. However, if you are still using rabbit ears on an old set, you wont even be picking up static. In that case youll need a digital converter.