Digital TV may get a test drive

Digital TV may get a test run before it goes prime-time in about a year.
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Washington (AP) Digital TV may get a test run before it goes prime-time in about a year.

Federal Communications Commission board member Michael Copps says in a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin that “Broadway shows open on the road to work out the kinks” and the digital transition “deserves no less.”

Once the nationwide transition happens next February, viewers who don't have a digital set and watch shows with an antenna will lose their picture unless they buy a converter box, which the Government will help pay for.

The FCC has released its plan to educate the public about the switch. The plan requires broadcasters to air public service announcements and “crawls” that run across the bottom of the screen informing consumers of the shift.