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The DTV switch in other countries

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Our history making switch has served as a learning experience for international visitors. Japanese broadcasters were visiting the area to prepare for their upcoming switch. Wilmington's historic switch to digital TV caught the attention of plenty of media. Maki Hatae, a Japanese producer said, “We are still in the planning stage in our country. Our broadcasters, our people, our government is looking for the best way to transform our broadcast system.” Japan will make the switch to digital in July, 2011. Broadcasters from two different Japanese stations were here at WWAY, to watch and learn. Toshi Horiuchi said, “They are very interested in what went on in Wilmington, so this is a great example for the Japanese people too.” Horiuchi said fewer people in Japan have cable than in the United States, making preparation for their switch, even more important. The United Kingdom is also in the process of switching over. The commissioner of the FCC, Michael Kopps said, "They are doing this much more sensibly than the United States, they are actually taking five years to make the transition. And they're going from town to town to town." The entire country of Japan will switch over at one time. The rest of the United States will switch to digital in one fell swoop at midnight, February 17, 2009.

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The rest of the US turning

The rest of the US turning off analogue in one fell swoop? Um, almost but not quite... Hawaii will be turning off its analogue TV on January 15, just over a month ahead of the other US TV markets. There are also a few individual stations that have shut off early, either because an analogue transmitter failure this close to the end wasn't worth repairing or because the tower site is in some weird quasi-inaccessible location (such as a snow-covered mountaintop in the Oregon wilderness) that isn't easy to access mid-winter.