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When is DTV?

When is the switchover happening?

February 17, 2009. This date has been backed up a few times. Check back periodically for updates.

Digital transition history

In 1996, the United States Congress authorized the distribution of an additional broadcast channel to each broadcast TV station so that they could start a digital broadcast channel while simultaneously continuing their analog broadcast channel.

WTHR-DT was Indiana's first digital television station, having signed on the air on September 26, 1998. On that day our inaugural program was a live

High Definition telecast of the Purdue/Notre Dame football game from South Bend. That HDcast was produced entirely by WTHR staff and was recognized with a regional ‘Emmy’ award for technical achievement. Some of WTHR's other HDTV 'firsts' include being one of a handful of stations to broadcast network television’s first regular daily High Definition program, the “Tonight” show, and the first broadcaster to produce and broadcast a major tennis tournament in High Definition. More recently, on September 11th, 2006 WTHR-DT again made history by broadcasting the first daily syndicated HD television shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and, on November 15th, 2006 WTHR and WTHR-DT premiered the first HD news broadcast in Indiana, Eyewitness News HD.

Since late 1998, other television stations have also been preparing for the transition by building new facilities and airing digital channels alongside their regular analog broadcasts. Today, 1,624 full power television stations out of 1,762 stations nationwide, including WTHR-TV, offer digital programming in all markets across America.

Congress mandated that February 17, 2009 would be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. Broadcast stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both analog and digital. After February 17, 2009, full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only.


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