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Published April 04, 2011, 08:16 PM

Midcontinent Begins All-digital Switch

Many Midcontinent Communications cable customers are making sure their TV's are ready for the company's switch to a primarily digital signal. The cable company will make that switch overnight Monday.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Many Midcontinent Communications cable customers are making sure their TV's are ready for the company's switch to a primarily digital signal. The cable company will make that switch overnight, Monday.

Tony Siddle is one of many Midcontinent Communications cable customers who waited in line Monday to get his digital signal adaptor.

"Procrastinating, waiting until the last minute," Siddle said.

During the overnight hours Monday night, Midcontinent will switch its signal to mainly digital in the Grand Forks area. To prepare for the switch, for the past three months they have given out almost 30,000 digital tuners.

"What that does it turns the digital format channel to an analog format channel for the older style TV," Todd Jenson with Midcontinent said.

Newer televisions that already have digital tuners and those TV's with cable boxes or DVR's will not need the adaptors. Just how many of those older sets that are still out there was apparent Monday in the Midcontinent lobby.

"To pick up my boxes so that I can have cable in the bedroom," Siddle said.

"I have only looked a couple of times but it has been swamped up there all day. All day. And I expect tomorrow will be worse," Jenson said.

So is the digital switch worth all the hassle? Jenson says without a doubt, noting it will free up space on their bandwidth allowing more HD channels and faster internet. Customers can expect to see some of those changes next month.

"We are adding an additional 65 HD channels. There will be 100 HD channels available," Jenson said.

Only Channels 2 through 22 will still stay analog and be viewable on any TV after Tuesday.

Jenson recommends those of you with newer, digital TV's to use your auto scan to adjust the signal Tuesday.

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