Perspective: WIS editorial on the switch to digital television

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Big Switch to digital television is almost over.  Next month, WIS will turn off our channel 10 analog signal and broadcast only in digital.  All digital TVs, analog TVs with converter boxes, and TVs hooked up to cable or satellite are ready for the change.  But surveys tell us that thousands of you still are not ready.

There's still have time to act, but it's getting late. If you need converter boxes, you can order $40 discount coupons from the federal government by calling 1-888-388-2009.  If you had coupons, and they expired, you can call the same number and get new ones.

And for those of you who already watch WIS in digital, over-the-air, I have important news. On June 12th at 12:30pm, we will not only turn off our analog signal, our digital broadcasts will change channels.  So if you have a digital TV or TV converter box, you will need to rescan the channels on your receiver to keep watching us on an antenna TV.

If you have questions about any of this, go to the Big Switch page on our website or call 1-888-CALL-FCC. That's my perspective. I'd like to hear from you!