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DTV Analog Shutoff Why Should I Care...


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#26 OFFLINE   tnsprin

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:47 PM

They'll probably have to carry SD channels for 10 to 15 years until people get HD sets.


There are already rules on when they must carry HD LIL for the dma's they carry. I believe the rules on how long they and cable channels must carry sd locals are much less than 10 years, but they might not be required to drop them.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:12 PM

It's not so much as everyone has to have HD sets - they just have to have Dish receivers that can decode MPEG4 (currently, the VIP series).
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:12 PM

You care because the cost to your local stations to keep two transmitters going is going to effect where they spend their money on better things like local news and such.


Our local network stations in Madison WI are switching over on Feb. 17 as they had planned. I wouldn't be too surprised if many others did this also.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:46 PM

Last I read about 25% are switching on the 17th, the majority of them PBS and low power stations. The FCC is requiring at least one "network" station within a market to stay analog.
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#30 OFFLINE   jimborst

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:15 PM

The FCC is requiring at least one "network" station within a market to stay analog.



From the crawl on any of the Sioux City, IA stations ALL are turning off the analog on the 17th.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:27 PM

From the crawl on any of the Sioux City, IA stations ALL are turning off the analog on the 17th.

Further investigation would be needed to figure out exactly what is happening in the market ... but one of the options is to leave the analog of at least one major station on the air with an "enhanced nightlight" program:

Ensure that at least one station that is currently providing analog service to an area within the DMA that will no longer receive analog service after February 17, 2009 will continue broadcasting an analog signal providing, at a minimum, DTV transition and emergency information, as well as local news and public affairs programming (“enhanced nightlight” service) for at least 60 days following February 17, 2009.


There is probably a station (or more) that will be "turning off" analog by ceasing normal programming. All four Sioux City network stations certified that they would follow the rules that require the "enhanced nightlight".

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:29 AM

KTIV in Sioux City and WQOW/WXOW in Eau Claire/La Crosse are doing "enhanced nightlight." It's a simulcast of 1 newscast per day and looped messages about getting DTV at other times, for 60 days.

WMSN in Madison, KLKN in Lincoln, KDLO in Watertown SD, and KHQA in Quincy IL fell on their swords and will keep analog on the air until 6/12, which could allow other stations to move forward with the Feb. 17 date.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:38 PM

WMSN in Madison, KLKN in Lincoln, KDLO in Watertown SD, and KHQA in Quincy IL fell on their swords and will keep analog on the air until 6/12, which could allow other stations to move forward with the Feb. 17 date.


What happened in our area was they all announced they were going to change on 2/17. Then one announced they were keeping the analog signal and shortly after the others said they were also keeping the analog signal. I think one staying forced the others to stay since it would put them at a disadvantage for those viewers that haven't switched.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 12:48 PM

The switch to DTV does it effect E* having to carry
a stations subchannels?

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:50 PM

Dish doesn't carry subchannels, and shouldn't be with the transition either.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:19 PM

There may be stations that refuse carriage unless their subchannels are also carried but as it stands there is NO requirement that subchannels be carried outside of Alaska and Hawaii. DTV conversion doesn't change that.




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