Story last updated at 2/25/2009 - 11:35 am
JUNEAU - KTOO-TV is now broadcasting on digital TV channel 3, and has also added digital TV service for Lemon Creek. 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. KTOO-TV will also continue to operate on analog channel 3 in downtown Juneau until the new federal transition deadline of June 12. The change does not affect viewers who watch KTOO on GCI Cable, DirecTV or Dish Network.
The new service is part of the nationwide conversion to digital television, mandated by federal law. KTOO-TV's main digital TV transmitter has been in operation since 2004. The new Lemon Creek service will bring the first local over-the-air digital television to viewers outside of downtown Juneau. As part of the change, KTOO-TV's analog transmitter for Lemon Creek has moved from analog channel 10 to analog channel 4. KTOO expects to add similar digital TV service for the Mendenhall Valley and Auke Bay within the next few weeks.
Viewers need a DTV convertor box or a newer TV set with the ability to tune in digital channels. DTV convertor box are sold locally at Radio Shack, Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart. Consumers are eligible to apply for two $40 discount coupons for the convertor boxes. More information is available at www.dtv.gov.