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


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#41 OFFLINE   Dolly

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:39 PM

As of right now, they're legally still required to do it on the 17th.

Oh it is the 17th of the month all right, but they are not going to be waiting until June. They seem to be saying D*mn the Congress--full speed ahead :hurah:

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#42 OFFLINE   Jhon69

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:56 PM

We have a channel here in my area that has been running ads that say they WILL change over this month. I don't guess they care what the Congress says and I say to that channel :goodjob:



Ours already switched over here running warnings"If you can't see our station's picture you need a converter box".:sure:

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#43 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:17 PM

As of right now, they're legally still required to do it on the 17th.


Over 600+ (643 last I heard) stations have announced they will be shutting down analog this month regardless of a delay.

None of the stations in my market have said anything about shutting down this month (regardless of a delay), but stations in my neighboring markets have announced this.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:03 PM

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


Haven't most of them transitioned over to digital for locals already?

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:06 AM

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:47 AM

I have a couple questions.. What are the companies that bought those frequencies going to do with them?

Wouldn't their signal or what ever be able to be picked up on TVs with analog receivers?
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:54 AM

I have a couple questions.. What are the companies that bought those frequencies going to do with them?

Wouldn't their signal or what ever be able to be picked up on TVs with analog receivers?


I doubt whether the modulation scheme, not to mention the "mode" of transmission is going to be consistent with either the amplitude modulated audio or video that characterized analog TV transmissions.

So, while the TV front end would see the RF signal, the demodulator stream in the TV's would "see"/"hear" nothing....except perhaps noise.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:32 AM

My husband has just informed me that ALL our local channels--not just one-- are running ads that they will all make the switch over this month. Again I say :goodjob: People have had plenty of time to get ready for this and if it is delayed people won't use the time to get ready they will think it isn't going to happen at all!


Good for them! And isn't it ironic that these stations are in the state where Senator Rockefeller (The most vocal proponent of delaying the transition) is from?

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:35 AM

I have a couple questions.. What are the companies that bought those frequencies going to do with them?

Wouldn't their signal or what ever be able to be picked up on TVs with analog receivers?


Most of the spectrum went to various cellphone companies who seem to be planning on implementing more voice and broadband data services on the spectrum.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:51 AM

Good for them! And isn't it ironic that these stations are in the state where Senator Rockefeller (The most vocal proponent of delaying the transition) is from?


I think it is absolutely hilarious. But I will wait to see if they actually do it. I do think the the WVMH stations will switch as they are locally owned and don't have the deep pockets the Sinclair/Gray stations do.

One station, WOWK has already moved to its final frequency

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:37 PM

I bought a converter box for my old bedroom TV set last week. Besides the digital translation the box allows analog pass-through. It will be interesting to see how many analog channels remain on February 17.

My OTA antenna is 35 years old. I replaced the twin-lead with coax last year and am getting about 50 digital signals in the LA area.
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 05:27 PM

Congress may have passed a new date, but stations around here are going down anyway on February 17. All Spokane stations have confirmed 2/17/09 they are doing it so as to not confuse people with two different dates. Belo stations appear to have been the only hold outs until the announcment they made in the last 24hrs stating as a group they are going down on that date. This makes it clear that Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, WA market will be the same way. The only hold out here was kepr but because parts can't be replaced to their broken analog transmitter have resulted in them already changing over to digital only.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 05:39 PM

In today's House debate, a station was reported to have started replacing their analog backup transmitter already. If the main analog dies, they switch. Parts are too expensive or hard to find for repairs.
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 05:55 PM

I think it is absolutely hilarious. But I will wait to see if they actually do it. I do think the the WVMH stations will switch as they are locally owned and don't have the deep pockets the Sinclair/Gray stations do.

Sinclair -- deep pockets -- !rolling

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:16 PM

From the info posted http://www.rabbitear...fo/termlist.php all my locals will be cutting off analog signals this month which is fine with me.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:24 PM

From the info posted http://www.rabbitear...fo/termlist.php all my locals will be cutting off analog signals this month which is fine with me.


That list was created before the recent congressional action, so is likely to change.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:43 PM

That list was created before the recent congressional action, so is likely to change.


I'm expecting many changes in the next week as local broadcasters associations decide when they will transition. These are the ones that have filed todate. :)
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:03 PM

I have a feeling that this is only going to make the situation more confusing for people, not less.
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:36 PM

I have a feeling that this is only going to make the situation more confusing for people, not less.

It will. No good will come out of it, this was a bad move in every way.




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