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KWWL ends its analog signal

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- KWWL ended its analog signal at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The process has been confusing for many people, but KWWL's research shows 99% of eastern Iowans are DTV ready.

Things became more confusing after Congress approved a bill allowing TV stations to delay the switch until June 12. Some cities will take that delay, meaning the DTV switch will vary from city to city across the country.

Delaying the switch would cost broadcasters thousands of dolllars, adding to budget strains during tough economic times. Millions of others are waiting for more funding for a coupon program to buy DTV converter boxes.

Switching early will also free up the airwaves for emergency radios as we head into severe weather season. It will also provide a stronger, clearer signal for viewers.

If you have a DTV ready TV or a coverter box, you will need to perform an auto-scan on your TV to pick-up the new digital channels. Consult your users manual for instructions.

If you have cable or satellite subscriptions, you will not need to change anything, however, you may see your signal go out for up to an hour as your provider updates their equipment.

If you have any questions, you can call KWWL at (319) 291-1200 or call the DTV helpline at 1-800-CALL-FCC.

You can also get answers online:

Click here for the DTV Answers Page on KWWL.com.

Click here for help from the FCC at DTV2009.gov.

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