Big Switch Minute: TV Viewers

WILMINGTON -- As of Saturday, the big switch in southeastern North Carolina is 100 days away.

September 8 is the day this television market is the first in the country to go completely digital.

Tuesday's town hall meeting on the digital transition featured plenty of complaints and questions.

Viewers are wondering what to do with sets hooked up to antennas and fearing the loss of their soap operas.

All of those are real and serious issues, and we've been offering some answers.

But, it's easy to get lost in the technical talk.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told the crowd at the town hall meeting, that the big switch may be inconvenient for some, but that period will quickly pass.  The benefits will last as long as there's television.

Reported by Jim Hanchett