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WCCO-TV to test digital signal Wednesday

Bemidji/Walker/Alex Viewers to Get Preview

WCCO-TV will perform a "test run" of its digital transmission Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on its northern transmitter serving viewers of KCCO Channel 7 and KCCW Channel 12.

The traditional analog transmission will not be available during this 15-hour testing period. The test will affect all viewers that watch KCCO/KCCW over the air on analog TV's. Cable and satellite subscribers should not be affected.

In order to watch the digital channel over the air, viewers will need either a DTV converter box or a digital television set. The test is intended to give viewers a chance to test their converter boxes and digital televisions before the permanent switch to digital signals.

This is a single day test in preparation for the Feb. 17, 2009, transition date, and not an early digital conversion. A second test is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2009.

WCCO will provide a phone bank the day of the test run staffed with experts to answer viewer concerns.

Viewers can go to for additional information a-bout the transition.