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What is Digital TV?

In 2009, TV stations transitioned from analog broadcasting (NTSC) to digital broadcasting (ATSC). Digital television, or DTV, is both the content that is received and the technology which makes it viewable in homes. DTV offers high-quality pictures and sounds, multiple programming choices from single stations (multicasting), and interactive options. The analog system is outdated and has been replaced by a more flexible system.

What’s the difference between standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD)?

Not all digital signals are high definition. HDTV and Digital TV are not the same thing; HDTV is one format of digital TV. There are three kinds of DTV signals:

  • Standard Definition (SDTV) which is basic quality of both analog and digital; transmission can be in either traditional (4:3) or widescreen (16:9).
  • Enhanced Definition (EDTV) which is a step up from analog and comes in widescreen (16:9) or traditional format (4:3). It provides better picture quality than SDTV, but not as good as HDTV.
  • High Definition (HDTV) with widescreen format (16:9), has the highest resolution and picture quality of all broadcast formats.

What if I subscribe to digital cable or satellite?

Cable and satellite subscribers are not affected by the DTV transition.  Your equipment will continue to work as it did before.

Where can I find out more information about DTV?

Visit the FCC’s website for DTV, dtv.gov, for up-to-date information about digital TV.  You may also call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

Who should I contact about closed captioning problems?

For captioning problems during non-emergency programming, you may file a written complaint with either the FCC or your video programming distributor (i.e., your cable or satellite TV service). If you do not pay for cable, satellite, or another subscription video service, WTIU viewers can receive informed assistance with an immediate closed captioning complaint by calling Television Master Control at (812) 855-9239, faxing to (812) 855-0729 or e-mailing to rtvtmc@indiana.edu. If the need is not immediate, or the WTIU viewer would prefer to send the comment via postal mail, letters can be sent to:

Howard Lacer
Assistant Chief Engineer
1229 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-2898; Fax: (812) 855-0729; E-mail: rtvtmc@indiana.edu

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WFIU 1 (FM)

103.7  Bloomington

100.7  Columbus
101.7  French Lick/West Baden
98.9    Greensburg
106.1  Kokomo
95.1    Terre Haute

WFIU 2 (FM)

101.9  Bloomington
103.7  Bloomington (HD2)
100.1  Seymour

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WTIU Public Television

Over-the-Air Digital

Ch. 30.1 WTIU HD
Ch. 30.2 WTIU World
Ch. 30.3 WTIU Create
Ch. 30.4 WTIU Echo
Ch. 30.5 WTIU Kids

Comcast Cable (Bloomington)

Ch. 5 WTIU
Ch. 17 WTIU World
Ch. 305 WTIU Create
Ch. 355 WTIU Kids
Ch. 1022 WTIU HD

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WTIU is available to Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers with the Indianapolis local stations package on Ch. 30. The national PBS satellite feed is still available without the local stations package.

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