Do you have questions about the DTV Transition?
Call the FCC 1-888-225-5322
Call WRCB at 423-267-5412 then ask or transfer to extension 311.
HDTV is high definition television. This is a digital broadcast offering the highest picture and sound quality currently available.
DTV is Digital television. It is any TV broadcast that uses a digital signal. Congress has set June 12, 2009 as the date for broadcasters to turn off the existing analog broadcasting systems.
WRCB-DT transmits on the digital Channel 3.1 with a power of 34.8 Kilowatts. We have received authorization from the FCC to increase power to 100 kilowatts. The increase will take place in the third or forth quarter of 2009. Like traditional TV, our digital signal is a free over the air broadcast signal that you can receive via your VHF antenna. In addition you will require a digital tuner which is built into some digital televisions or can be purchased as a stand-alone box. WRCB-DT is also available on Comcast Cable channel 432 and Charter Cable channel 703. During the day, WRCB-DT up-converts WRCB-TV (analog Channel 3). WRCB-DT transmits true High Definition Television (HDTV) for NBC programming which is produced by the NBC Television Network. The HDTV format which NBC and WRCB-DT uses is 1080i. WRCB-DT also transmits syndicated programming in HDTV when those programs are available (currently ELLEN, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and CSI).
WRCB-DT can also be seen on ETC Cable serving North Georgia at Channel 405.
Many NBC network programs are broadcast in HDTV. In addition to others, NBC produces THE TODAY SHOW, 30 ROCK, CHUCK, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, COMMUNTIY, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE JAY LENO SHOW, and LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALON in HDTV.
HDTV offers a wider format. The screen is nearly one-third wider than existing TV screens, similar to the dimensions found in movies screens. HDTV offers a higher quality picture and sound. Using the same amount of bandwidth as analog transmission, the digital signal allows for more than six times the amount of information as the analog system thus allowing you to receive higher quality in picture and sound. The HDTV screen contains over 2 million pixels compared to traditional screens with 300,000. This higher resolution results in a much sharper picture. HDTV delivers true surround sound. HDTV offers multicasting as we can transmit up to four channels of information at the same time on our Digital channel .
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