JUNEAU - KTOO-TV will shut off the station's channel 3 analog television transmitter at 11:59 a.m. today as part of the federally mandated conversion to digital television nationwide.
The change does not affect viewers who watch KTOO on GCI Cable, DirecTV or Dish Network, or over-the-air viewers who already tune into KTOO-TV's digital TV transmitter, which has been in operation since July 2004.
PBS and Alaska One programming is available on DTV channel 3.1, while 360 North and Gavel-to-Gavel Alaska programming is on DTV channel 3.2. Viewers with digital TV sets or converter boxes may need to re-scan their receivers to be sure they receive channels 3.1 and 3.2.
Over-the-air viewers need a DTV converter box or a newer TV set with the ability to tune in digital channels. Most new TV sets sold within the past year have built in digital tuners. Older TVs can receive digital television with the addition of a DTV converter box, sold locally at Radio Shack, Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart. Consumers are eligible for two $40 discount coupons from the government for the converter boxes. More information is available at www.dtv.gov.
Congress extended the original conversion deadline, originally set for February, to June. KTOO has broadcast on analog channel 3 from the roof the Federal Building downtown since the station went on the air in October 1978.