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Knoxville — By 2004, all commercial television stations in the United States must offer digital television signals.

According to University of Tennessee broadcasting professor Barbara Moore, big changes are in store for the industry.

“I think it’s going to be as important, if not more important, than the change from black-and-white to color,” Moore said.

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered television stations to carry both the current analog signal and the new digital signal for several years after 2004. This will allow people to use their current television sets until they wear out.