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Breaking News: Senate votes to delay DTV transition four months

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by JDubbs413, Jan 26, 2009.

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  1. Jan 26, 2009 #41 of 253
    James Long

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    Well instead of making insult posts why not understand the problem?
    I'll give you a simple example:

    WANE-TV 15 (digital 31) in Fort Wayne Indiana is currently operating at it's maximum pre-transition power of 317 kW because they are not permitted to interfere with the analog signal of WPXD-TV in Ann Arbor Michigan. Once WPXD-TV ceases analog WANE will be able to go to full power 1000 kW.

    And if you think Deliverence was filmed in Fort Wayne, how about Chicago?

    WBBM-TV 2 (digital 3) is on one of the worst digital assignments on the spectrum. When they transition they will be moving to a better channel - digital 12 - but they can't do that until a Milwaukee station and another one in Illinois turn off their analog.

    There are just over 800 stations that were approved by the FCC to remain on analog for one month after analog cut off due to the analog nightlight bill. If this new bill limits continued service to those 800 stations and perhaps those who would cause no harm by not moving their digital to their analog channel we might have something workable. But stations NEED to be able to complete their digital construction. Crews and equipment are standing by.
     
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    What does Chicago have to do with this?

    The only problem in Far Suburban Chicago is all the people waiting for Channel 2 to change to Channel 12 will have to wait until June to be able to watch CBS. So, Suburban Chicago would have benefited from the the transition happening early.

    Hopefully CBS will go ahead and change the Digital channel over, but I don't think that can happen until Channel 11 shuts it's analog channel down.
     
  3. Jan 26, 2009 #43 of 253
    Doug Brott

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    Couple of things .. (1) it's not approved by the House yet and (2)

    So this is a bit of good news for those stations are ready to just be done on 2/17 as originally planned.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2009 #44 of 253
    James Long

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    And unfortunately not spectacular. :(

    I'd like to read the language of the bill before getting much angrier ... but changing the date with less than three weeks to go isn't a good thing.
     
  5. Jan 26, 2009 #45 of 253
    tcusta00

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    :lol:
     
  6. Jan 26, 2009 #46 of 253
    Sirshagg

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    while I don't believe anything will stop this just the senate passing it does not make it a done deal yet.
     
  7. Jan 26, 2009 #47 of 253
    ercjncprdtv

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    But has been pointed out by myself and others, this creates MORE confusion in the minds of the people who cannot (for whatever reason) "make the switch" . Some of their channels will still go away, others won't and they are thining , "wait I thought that I had until June 12th now"
     
  8. Jan 26, 2009 #48 of 253
    ercjncprdtv

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    By the way, can someone find a site where this bill is posted. In spite of being "passed" by the Senate, as of 90 mins ago, it was not on their website.
     
  9. Jan 26, 2009 #49 of 253
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    What about the analog channels that are scheduled to be used by another broadcaster's digital channel?
     
  10. Jan 26, 2009 #50 of 253
    Sirshagg

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    this is why channels that are ready might not be able to switch on 2/18.

    what a fine mess!
     
  11. Jan 26, 2009 #51 of 253
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    and the sad thing is... 4 months from now, 6.5 million people still won't have a clue but the government will have spent 3-4 billion trying to get them to get a clue.

    I'm so tired of hearing the word BILLION over and over and over...
     
  12. Jan 26, 2009 #52 of 253
    James Long

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    I'm not expecting to see it on the GPO website until tomorrow and Thomas.LOC until after that.

    S.328 if you're searching.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2009 #53 of 253
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    From http://www.austin360.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/TV/TV_Digital_Transition.html

    "NEW YORK — Delaying the upcoming digital TV transition for four months would cost public broadcasters $22 million, the PBS system chief estimated on Monday.

    Paula Kerger, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System, said she hopes lawmakers keep that in mind as they consider legislation to delay the switch from Feb. 17 to June 12.

    The stations will face increased power charges to maintain over-the-air broadcast signals, she said. Many have leases for signal transmitters that were due to expire on the date of the switch over and will have to make new arrangements, she said.'


    Guess we'll be seeing more pledge drives, or Washington (CPB) will be spending more tax dollars to help offset the costs.
     
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    Steve615

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    The delay is VOLUNTARY. Any station that wants to make the change on the original date is free to do so. If they choose to continue the analog signal then that's their choice. This is from an AP story:

    "But Rockefeller managed to ease some of these concerns by allowing broadcast stations to make the switch from analog to digital signals sooner than the June deadline if they choose and by permitting public safety agencies to take over vacant spectrum that has been promised to them as soon as it becomes available."

    By the way, the Senate vote was unanimous. For those who think it was solely a Democratic plan, *EVERY* Republican senator (who voted) voted in favor of it.
     
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    Time to vote against every single Senator, doesn't matter what party they claim.
     
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    MikeW

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    Here in Tucson, one channel will be moving its digital channel back to its VHF channel. I was looking forward to the change just to see what I'd need to do with my gear when they make that switch. It would be much easier to swap my antenna in the attic during February (attic temp about 68 degrees) than in June (attic temp about 105).
     
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    And yes - I want it to happen on time - I have the vast majority of my stations playing fruit basket upset for their digitals to get to their final assignments. I want to be able to do one final scan Feb 18 and it be over with.
     
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    Jim5506

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    A pox on both their houses.
     
  20. Jan 26, 2009 #60 of 253
    James Long

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    I believe that is an error in the article. We will know more when the congressional record is available.

    The only record vote shown on the Senate website for today was "Confirmation Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury". It is possible that the bill got "unanimous consent" which is more of a "without objection" vote than "100 to 0 in favor".
     
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