LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas viewers who weren't prepared for the switch to digital were left with blank screens when they flipped channels to certain stations. More than 400 stations nationwide ended analog broadcasts Tuesday in favor of digital signals.
In Arkansas, those stations included NBC affiliate KARK in Little Rock, the CW Television Network affiliate KASN in Pine Bluff, and the Public Broadcasting System affiliate KTEJ in Jonesboro.
(Please Note: Area Raycom Media stations, KAIT in Jonesboro, WMC in Memphis, and KFVS in Cape Girardeau will not make the transistion to a digital only broadcast signal until June 12, 2009)
The Arkansas stations got dozens of calls, mostly from viewers who had technical questions.
Other stations are waiting until June to drop analog and go to digital. Federal regulators say that moving to digital will provide viewers with better sound and picture quality and free up airwaves for wireless broadband and advanced public-safety communications.