Local stations announce digital TV special

Lexington's television stations will unite on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to air an educational special on the upcoming transition to digital television.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., “DTV: Are You Ready?” will air simultaneously on Fox affiliate WDKY, CBS affiliate WKYT, NBC affiliate WLEX, ABC affiliate WTVQ and ION affiliate WUPX.

The switch to digital television occurs Feb. 17. At that time, stations will turn off their analog signals, which are transmitted as radio waves, and broadcast only in digital signals, transmitted as computer code.

Any TV connected to cable or satellite service will still receive the proper signal. Those that aren't will need a converter box that converts the digital signal to analog.

Many TVs sold recently are digital. Coupons are available from the government at to lower the converter box's cost.