WMAZ to go digital the night of March 17

Local TV station WMAZ announced Friday it plans to switch over to all digital broadcasting the night of March 17.

The station will drop its traditional analog signal at that time, according to WMAZ’s Web site.

Last week, the U.S. Congress approved a bill from President Obama delaying the switch to digital from Feb. 17 to June 12. The delay was made because a number of people who would be affected by the switch — those who don’t have cable, satellite service or a digital TV attached to an antenna — are unprepared because many of them haven’t gotten converter boxes which would allow them to receive the digital signal.

WMAZ’s decision to switch to digital March 17 is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission.