Today, Friday June 12, 2009, television broadcasting in the United States of America converts from analog to digital technology.



Image (TV D-Day, after Edvard Munch) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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6 Responses to “TV D-Day USA”

  1. @robotsoul Says:

    The Scream made the transition with no problems then realized that digital signals can catch interference from passing cars, Watch this for more:

  2. BillyC Says:

    You should see what Lightning does to DTV! We are in the middle of storm season and can’t watch the weather now! And, they call this progress! Ha ha ha ha ha — NOT!

  3. carly Says:

    Great picture. I am sure many who didn’t convert can feel the pain:-) See related post at

  4. Jackie Says:

    Since 12:30PM Friday afternoon (the 12th) when the digital transition took place, I have not been able to watch WABC in the New York area. Three antennas later (a Radio Shack and 2 RCA digital flats) still no ABC. Calls were made to channel 7 and tech support was great, but still no channel. Two calls to the FCC did nothing as well. All the FCC supplied was map coordinates of where the house is in regard to the broadcast tower. Luckily I have other tvs connected to cable otherwise I would be limited to watching 2,4,5,9 and a couple of UHF stations.

    This digital conversion was not supposed to diminish the quality of television reception but all it has managed to do is provide more questions than answers and moving an antenna and rescanning the converter numerous times with absolutely no progress being made.

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  6. Jackie Says:

    Success! Rabbit ears did the trick. Back went the 2 RCA digital flats and a Terk HDTVa. The rabbit ears with a coaxial cable connected to the dtv converter box proved to be the winning combination in addition to placing the antenna in a window with positioning being such: facing the antenna it would appear to read 9:30 as on the hands of a clock. This was the best signal reception and now channel 7 is received as well as 11 and 13 which were previously missing in action. The only station that we cannot pull in is WLIW a Long Island station, but what we achieved in all is a major plus.

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