Which channels you can see depends on your TV, your antenna and your location.
When Wilmington became the first U.S. city to switch to all-digital over-the-air television on Sept. 8, 2008, some viewers discovered a world of digital channels previously only available to cable or satellite subscribers.
Those with analog TVs were required to get new sets or invest in a DTV converter box to see those channels. The federal government at first issued coupons to help customers buy the $40 converters, but the coupon program has since ended. Converters are still available in stores (including Walmart and Sears) that sell electronic equipment or online.
Viewers with digital televisions only had to add DTV antennas, if needed, to see the digital channels.
According to the America Online (AOL) TV Guide as of 2013, starting at the bottom of the dial, the DTV channels readily available over the air in the Wilmington area include:
- WWAY (ABC) 3.1
- WECT (NBC) 6.1
- WECT Plus 6.2
- WILM (CBS) 10.1
- WSFX (Fox) 26.1
- WUNJ (UNC-TV, PBS) 39.1
- WUNJ2 (UNC-TV, PBS2) 39.2
- WUNJ3 (UNC-TV, PBS3) 39.3
Some people in Wilmington also can receive Jacksonville’s WPXU (Ion Television) at 35.1, Qubo (children’s programming) at 35.2 and Ion Life at 35.3, though Ion’s website says those channels are not available over the air in this market.
The website AntennaWeb.org can help over-the-air viewers determine the types of antennas they might need to receive DTV channels in a specific location.
NOTE: This is an updated version of a question originally answered in 2010.
Date posted: March 26, 2014
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