Cable operators will soon carry over-the-air digital broadcasts

AP -If your local stations are transmitting digital signals and you're watching on cable -- you aren't getting a digital picture. The signal is still analog. However, that's about to change.

John Orlando of the National Association of Broadcasters says the cable industry has begun to realize that consumers want to see digital pictures from their local stations. So, he says one day soon, cable operators will make digital signals available.

Orlando says it's a big step for local broadcasters, digital television and consumers. For one thing, it'll help promote digital television - a system that has been slow to attract consumers.

In order to receive digital TV pictures, you must have a digital TV set with a digital tuner. These tuners are often sold separately as set top boxes.

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