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First Stations To Make DTV Switch Tuesday

On Tuesday, the first Kentucky television stations make the switch.

When stations switch, viewers without cable, satellite service, a DTV ready set or a converter box will be shut out.

The DTV switch is prompting some good questions about what's going to happen and when.

"There is some confusion out there because of the staggered dates between the local TV stations and the move to the full digital signal," says Pieratt's Vice President David Cox.

Despite congress delaying the official switchover date some stations are moving ahead anyway.

Making the switch Tuesday are WYMT, our sister station in Hazard, and WTVQ, Lexington's ABC affiliate.

WKYT along with KET won't switch until April 13th.

WLEX and WDKY FOX 56 plan to switch on the last day possible, June 12th.

A poll found that almost 6 million homes still aren't ready.

That's because the $40 to $80 converter boxes are in short supply at some places and so are the coupons to buy them.

California Rep. Henry Waxman says, "we'll put more money into the coupons, get them in the first class mail, not the third class mail. Make sure that the boxes are available and that there's staff available as well in the call centers."

While the the delay may only cause more confusion, the FCC says a full switchover simply isn't ready for prime time.


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