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Opinions on how the possible delay in the Dig Trans will effect programming


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#1 OFFLINE   tuckerdog

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:59 PM

With the possibility of a Congress agreeing to postpone the Dig Trans until June, do members of this forum have an opinion on wether this affect D*'s decision on national vs LIL additions?

If this has already been discussed I apologize
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 03:04 PM

The delay changes nothing with respect to programming.

Any delay would likely confuse consumers and add significant un-planned costs for the TV stations.

Yes, it has been discussed to death. Use the search feature and search for the word "transition".

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:11 PM

Expect a great many broadcasters to cut off the analog on Feb 17th anyways. There is nothing that the extension can do to stop them. So its basically pointless legislation.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:00 PM

I feel this transition should've occurred a long while back.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:13 PM

Expect a great many broadcasters to cut off the analog on Feb 17th anyways. There is nothing that the extension can do to stop them. So its basically pointless legislation.


Couldn't that put stations that cut over "on time" at a competitive disadvantage if other stations in their market didn't? All those old/poor/clueless folks would stick with the stations still doing analog.

If congress does decide to push the cutover to June or later, I'd like to see them do a one-day national test where all stations turn off their analog or run a static warning screen for 24 hours.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:28 PM

Every major network station is on time for Feb 17th in Miami/Ft Lauderdale, I'm not sure about all the independents.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:39 PM

Couldn't that put stations that cut over "on time" at a competitive disadvantage if other stations in their market didn't? All those old/poor/clueless folks would stick with the stations still doing analog.

If congress does decide to push the cutover to June or later, I'd like to see them do a one-day national test where all stations turn off their analog or run a static warning screen for 24 hours.


That's why this last minute legislation is idiotic. We are supposed to be the greatest country in the world yet we are one of if not the last country to dump analog.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

Couldn't that put stations that cut over "on time" at a competitive disadvantage if other stations in their market didn't? All those old/poor/clueless folks would stick with the stations still doing analog.


It could but running the digital and analogue signals both costs the station quite a bit of money just for the power for the transmitter. They can also get paid by the companies that won auctions for vacating them early.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:19 PM

The OP is asking whether or not a delay will alter DirecTV's strategy of concentrating on HD LiL markets vs. additional national HD channels. I don't think it will. They still need as many DMAs on-line as possible to attract new subscribers.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:25 PM

And DIRECTV has to be ready for stations whenever they switch, not when they are required to switch. :)

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:57 PM

Should have nothing to do with how D* offers locals in general or HD locals in particular that I can see.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:15 PM

but it does mean 4 more months of fast forwarding on the dvr thru these insipid public service announcements (umm that obviously havent worked so well).

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:24 PM

it will affect the local nbc here with a busted transmitter on that they use for digital and they won't repair it because they will flip to the other one when they convert.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:47 PM

Do to the budgets of the local stations, I don't expect any of the locals here to have the analog signal up after that date and that includes the next closest market as well. These stations have already made cuts just to cover the cost now. Those who are just to stubern to change will just be without.

Couldn't that put stations that cut over "on time" at a competitive disadvantage if other stations in their market didn't? All those old/poor/clueless folks would stick with the stations still doing analog.

If congress does decide to push the cutover to June or later, I'd like to see them do a one-day national test where all stations turn off their analog or run a static warning screen for 24 hours.



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Posted 24 January 2009 - 05:50 AM

Expect a great many broadcasters to cut off the analog on Feb 17th anyways. There is nothing that the extension can do to stop them. So its basically pointless legislation.


Our local Comcast station is running an add in the newspaper that PBS-HD will be made available on Feb. 17th. Could be a coincidence, but I believe it will be added as soon as the analog feeds are shut down. Comcast has been moving some channels one at a time to the digital tier to make room for the HD channels they have now.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 08:16 AM

I'd like to see them do a one-day national test where all stations turn off their analog or run a static warning screen for 24 hours.


I believe there already was one.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 09:08 AM

With the possibility of a Congress agreeing to postpone the Dig Trans until June, do members of this forum have an opinion on wether this affect D*'s decision on national vs LIL additions?

If this has already been discussed I apologize
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I believe this should be changed to "impending delay" Unbelievable. :mad::mad:
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#18 OFFLINE   Jestr40

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 09:42 AM

I don't understand who the delay is helping. The tv stations are ready, the cable companies are ready to retrieve the bandwidth and the emergency services that are getting the air space have already asked the Obama admin. not to delay. The only people that are being "helped" are the 6+ million (maybe) that have not upgraded. My guess is that you could delay it for a year and 90% of them STILL won't be ready.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:25 PM

I believe there already was one.


Don't think so. I saw a one-minute test a couple weeks ago on our local Channel 7. 24-hour national test would have people screaming!
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:17 PM

Don't think so. I saw a one-minute test a couple weeks ago on our local Channel 7. 24-hour national test would have people screaming!


Each TV station was required to run that test. If each station is running that test that equates a national test.
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