Digital Conversion

We've converted to digital

WQPT Quad Cities PBS has ended analog transmission ahead of the June 12, 2009 nationwide shutdown.


Need Assistance?

If you haven't hooked up your converter box help is available. Call AmeriCorps through Wednesday, July 15 at the FCC number, toll-free at 1-888/225-5322 (1-888-CALLFCC).

Because WQPT reaches a large and geographically diverse area, some viewers may face other challenges that will also require more customized assistance. In both of these instances, please contact the 24-hour DTV Consumer Hotline at 1-888/DTV-2009 or 1/888-388-2009 Thank you.

If you haven't gotten a coupon to purchase a converter box, call toll-free 1-888/388-2009. If you call during business hours, you'll most likely get to talk to a person (rather than an automated system). Or write to: TV Converter Box Coupon Program, P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000.

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Television transmission is undergoing a big change. On June 12, 2009 analog broadcasting will come to an end. This is an important date because this change will affect every person who receives a television signal.

At the present time you can see WQPT on our standard analog signal Channel 24 or Mediacom Channel 10 (in most areas). Additionally, WQPT brings you high definition programming on Channel 23 or Mediacom Channel 710.

The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all analog broadcast television, which is the kind of broadcasting that has been around since television began, will be discontinued beginning June 12, 2009. Please note: WQPT discontinued its analog signal on Monday, May 25, 2009. That means that the television set you have will be able to receive an analog signal until June 12, 2009. The following information is provided to help you make the change from analog to digital.


Questions & Answers

Will you need a converter box?
You won't have to purchase a converter box if your televisions are connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service. If however, you get your signal from an antenna or "rabbit ears" AND your current television doesn't have a digital tuner built into it, the TV Converter Box Coupon Program may be available for you.

What is the difference between analog and digital television (DTV)?
Analog television service is the traditional TV system and has been the standard broadcast technology since the inception of television.

Digital television (DTV) is the newest broadcasting technology. It allows the transmission of pictures with higher resolution for better picture and sound quality. There are two main types of digital signals—standard definition (SDTV) and high definition (HDTV). "Standard definition" digital TV pictures are a big improvement over analog signals but do not provide the full impact of HDTV.

What is high definition TV (HDTV)? How is it different from analog television and SDTV?
HDTV provides high resolution programming and uses a "widescreen aspect ratio." "Aspect ratio" is a comparison of screen width to screen height. For an Analog television the screen is 4 units wide by 3 units high. HDTV is similar in look to a movie theater screen, with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio.

Why are we switching to DTV?
The decision to convert from analog to digital broadcasting was made by the Federal Communications Commission. Every television broadcaster in the United States, both commercial television stations and public television stations, were required to make the conversion by May 2005. WQPT was the first broadcaster to begin broadcasting in digital in the Quad Cities. This change will free up parts of the broadcast airwaves so that they can be used for other services like public safety services (for example, police, fire departments, and rescue squads).

Digital TV provides not only much better video and audio quality, but it also multiplies the number of channels that one station can transmit to the public. For instance, WQPT is now broadcasting two digital signals and we are evaluating other channels that we may add to our lineup.

Will I need a new television?
Your current TV will not be obsolete, however you will need a converter box to receive broadcast DTV signals. If you use your analog set with cable or satellite, it will continue to work as it always has. Even with a converter box, however, your current analog television will not be capable of displaying the full picture quality of DTV. To enjoy the full picture quality, you must have a DTV set. Subscribers to cable or satellite services should contact their providers regarding converter boxes. For information about the federal government's plan to assist viewers in acquiring converter boxes, go to:

If you do not have cable or satellite, DTV reception will require the same type of signal reception equipment that currently works to provide good quality reception for analog TV signals. If you currently need a roof-top antenna to receive analog television, the same antenna will be needed to receive DTV.