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Obama Signs DTV-Delay Bill


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#1 OFFLINE   joblo

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:16 PM

President Barack Obama has signed the bill extending the DTV date from Feb. 17 to June 12.
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2009 2:58:26 PM MT

http://www.broadcast..._Delay_Bill.php

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#2 OFFLINE   Tom Robertson

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

Excellent find, joblo! Thomas (the congressional site) and the Whitehouse blog still don't have it yet. :)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:43 PM

Hopefully they can find a way to get the converters out to those that need them by mid-June.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:47 PM

WooHoo, I guess 97% of the people knowing about the DTV transition is just not good enough. :nono2:
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:49 PM

There are 19 markets where all four major network affiliates want to switch on that date
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2009 2:33:17 PM MT

The FCC has just released some breakdowns of stations that asked to pull the plug on analog service Feb. 17. ...

http://www.broadcast...k_To_Feb_17.php

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I don't see this on the FCC's web site. Maybe it will show up later, or maybe I am not looking in the right place. --joblo

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:54 PM

There are 19 markets where all four major network affiliates want to switch on that date
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2009 2:33:17 PM MT

The FCC has just released some breakdowns of stations that asked to pull the plug on analog service Feb. 17. ...

http://www.broadcast...k_To_Feb_17.php

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I don't see this on the FCC's web site. Maybe it will show up later, or maybe I am not looking in the right place. --joblo


I know Dayton, OH is one of those 19 markets. All 4 networks and PBS have all announced they will switch on Feb. 17th unless the FCC does not allow it.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:04 PM

I guess good for those that still need to get their gear.

The stupid thing IMO is that most people that have not changed over yet are:

-Those that were just sandbagging, then saw all this news about the delay, and decided to act and get the stuff they needed.
-Those that knew and are just procrastinating until it finally is turned off
-Those that are confused and have not done anything and will continue to not do anything until their picture goes away and they are forced too.

IMO most people did/do not need more time, they just need things to go dark to finally be forced to do something.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:24 PM

I guess good for those that still need to get their gear.

IMO most people did/do not need more time, they just need things to go dark to finally be forced to do something.


Totally agree. While taking action to stop some stations from shutting down, the FCC should encourage some major stations to shut down analogue in markets that no majors are shutting down. This, I believe, will do more to getting the point across than anything else. Other wise those markets that every station is waiting will be in the same mess down the road. The possible lose of a few viewers has the stations in some markets running scared.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:31 PM

I know Dayton, OH is one of those 19 markets. All 4 networks and PBS have all announced they will switch on Feb. 17th unless the FCC does not allow it.


If the FCC comes in and says that one of those stations has to stay on, will the other stations cave and not shut down for fear of losing viewers?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:43 PM

If the FCC comes in and says that one of those stations has to stay on, will the other stations cave and not shut down for fear of losing viewers?

Well, it sure seems like the FCC would have to offer all stations the option...

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:45 PM

There is nothing to see here. We all made our points during each of the bill stages during the past month. Why new points are there to raise? We just get to watch the aftermath and say, "We told you so."
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:26 PM

I haven't seen it discussed, but doesn't the delay favor the big networks and large broadcasting conglomerates at the expense of the smaller independent broadcasters?

Most posters seem to think that all broadcasters are opposed to the delay due to the increased expenses of continuing analog broadcasts. However, for the big networks, these costs are really small potatoes compared to their overall operating costs. For them, the delay is an opportunity to gain market share from smaller competitors who can't afford to continue analog broadcasts. Furthermore, between the additional expense of continuing to broadcast and the prospect of losing market share, many of the smaller broadcasters are likely to fail in these tough economic times. This presents the large conglomerates with opportunities to buy them up and expand their own business or at least to face reduced competition. It seems to me that this is why the big networks were so quick to jump onto the "delay" bandwagon and why the NAB ultimately gave its endorsement to the bill.

Unfortunately, it's the smaller stations and ultimately the viewing public who pay for it all in the end.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:27 PM

What is wrong with our government? They set a date. Tell us the sky is falling if we use OTA. Then change it. Oh boy more commercials. Witch I find mis-leading from the start. Some commercials made it sound that if I was using OTA I would loose my signal with no converter or set top box. I never really heard if I have a digital set I was ok. I sort felt sorry for those that are not in the know like must of us here.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:41 PM

YEAH! I can't wait till they want to delay again come late May early June.... :lol:

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:57 PM

Has anyone seen any estimates of how much $$ this delay is going to cost?

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:02 PM

http://www.broadcast...iple_Digits.php

FCC: Stations Not Allowed To Go All-Digital Feb. 17 Could Hit Triple Digits

Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps would not pin down when the FCC would let the 491 stations wanting to pull the plug on analog Feb. 17 know whether they will be able to or not, but some guidance could be coming out later today, he said.
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Copps aide Rick Chessen said that the number of stations in vulnerable markets where the FCC could prohibit them from pulling the plug could be anywhere from low double-digits to triple digits.

Copps said that he was pleased that almost two-thirds of stations planned to remain on in analog.

The FCC is currently vetting those 491 requests to see what stations in vulnerable markets may have to stay on in analog. Copps said those markets would probably be smaller to mid-sized, pointing out that some broadcast groups have stepped up to help insure that most of the big markets were covered. "The larger markets, where we have O&O's, thanks again to the wise decision and the public interest decision of the major networks, there will continue to be analog broadcasting."

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:05 PM

Has anyone seen any estimates of how much $$ this delay is going to cost?


Lou Dobbs guesstimated about 300 million dollars.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:06 PM

Compromise Reached On Stimulus Bill
DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program is closer to getting the money it needs

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2009 4:42:29 PM MT

http://www.broadcast...imulus_Bill.php

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:08 PM

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:08 PM

Compromise Reached On Stimulus Bill
DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program is closer to getting the money it needs

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2009 4:42:29 PM MT

Too bad they didn't do this 2-3 months ago, by which time it was alrady obvious the coupon program was going to run out of money.




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