East Lansing's WKAR ready to end analog broadcasts this evening
Tonight marks the end of analog broadcasts at WKAR-TV Channel 23 East Lansing. The Michigan State University owned Public Broadcasting outlet will sign off its analog transmitter for the final time tonight so that it can be reconfigured for use on the first currently planned day of nationwide all-digital TV broadcasting on February 18th.
WKAR will continue to operate its temporary digital transmitter in the interim (operates on Ch. 55 but maps to 23.1, 23.2, 23.3. and 23.4); current digital over the air viewers will not have to make any changes with the cutoff of analog service tomorrow, but will have to rescan their tuners/converters once the station's permanent digital facilities are signed on (using Ch. 40, but again will map to 23.1 - 4).
Viewers that watch WKAR via cable and satellite should not be affected by any of these changes.
Several other Michigan TV stations have already made an early jump to digital-only broadcasting, having shut down their analog transmitters permanently, including WLLA TV 64 Kalamazoo, WFUM TV 28 Flint, and WHTV TV 18 Jackson.