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WLBZ 2 on channel 4 in Skowhegan area going digital

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The channel 4 signal that carries WLBZ 2 in the Skowhegan/Somerset County area is changing from an analog to digital.

On Tuesday, October 26, viewers watching WLBZ 2 over-the-air on channel 4 with a VHF antenna will no longer be able to receive the analog signal, but will instead be able to receive the signal on channel 4 through their digital converter box or digital television. 

"The low power transmitters are the last to make the transition from analog to digital," says WLBZ 2 President and General Manager Judy Horan.  "We are able to convert our existing transmitter to digital so that viewers can now receive both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) programming on our main channel.  Plus, they can now get our 2.2 Weather Plus channel that offers news and weather 24 hours a day."

WLBZ 2 Director of Technology Dave Mundee adds that the digital signal coverage is expected to be similar to the present analog coverage.  "The new digital signal will still require the viewer to have a VHF antenna that receives VHF channels 2 through 13," says Mundee.  "After the switch, viewers will also need to perform an auto-scan or rescan on their converter box or digital television to pick up the new digital signal."   

Viewers watching WLBZ 2 on cable or satellite do not need to make any changes.  The station will be testing the digital signal periodically through the next few days, but the final switchover will take place on October 26.

If you are having problems receiving the new digital channel 4 signal, contact WLBZ 2 through this email address:  WLBZ-Technicalissues@wlbz2.com or call 1-800-244-6306 and press 5.