Television stations will test signals

January 5, 2009

By Staff


The U.S. Government has mandated that all television stations cease broadcasting on their analog frequencies and upgrade to digital broadcasts Feb. 17.This switch should only affect individuals who use antennae or rabbit ears to receive their television signal. Cable and satellite customers should not be affected.

For those who are still unsure, television stations in Western Washington will switch off their analog signals as a test.

During the test, if your television program is interrupted — showing “snow,” a blank screen, color bars or a special warning text — your television is not ready for the switch.

The stations involved in the switch are KCTS 9, KING 5, KIRO 7, KMYQ 22, KOMO 4, KONG, KSTW 11 and Q13 FOX.

The next test is at 5:28 p.m. Jan. 13. It will last for 60 seconds.

If your television has a problem, go to or call 888-DTV-2009 toll-free.

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