KWWL, KCRG, KGAN, KFXA and KFXB say less than 1% of viewers in the Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque-Iowa City market are not ready for the switch.
Stations in the Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque-Iowa City television market (DMA 88) will convert to digital-only broadcasting on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The announcement was made today, jointly, by KWWL, KCRG, KGAN, KFXA and KFXB.
In a joint statement the stations’ representatives said their research indicates that less than 1 percent of the households in the market are not yet prepared for the conversion from analog to digital. The stations said they would be ready to answer any questions viewers might have about the digital conversion through their Web sites and via phone calls to the stations during business hours.
A DTV bill that moves the required national digital conversion date to June 12 was approved by the House today. With Senate approval of the bill already in place, the president is expected to sign it into law in the next week to 10 days. This new legislation, though, still allows for stations to convert earlier if they so choose.
“The stations in this market have done an outstanding job of educating the public to this conversion and that it would occur on Feb. 17,” said Kim Leer, station manager of KWWL. “We greatly appreciate members of Congress for providing stations the flexibility to convert in February as we believe our viewers are ready,”
It is anticipated that the stations will transition to digital-only broadcasting between noon and 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 17. Each station will be informing their viewers of the exact time of the switch through station announcements and newscasts.