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It's TODAY! Are you ready? (2.8M homes are not)

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 3, 2009.

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  1. Jun 3, 2009 #1 of 219
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Of course, the people here are really on top of the NTSC shutdown, but since you're all so well-prepared, have you taken the time to help prepare your friends, neighbors and family?

    I have neighbors who rely on OTA. I plan to be available on June12 to help them rescan and use their converter boxes.

    I know some cable companies are shutting down analog cable on June 12. Their customers will have to get set-top boxes. I know some people in that position.

    If you have planned recordings through your DVR for Friday, June 12 on an OTA channel, are you prepared with a backup plan?
  2. Jun 3, 2009 #2 of 219

    pfp Whatever

    Apr 28, 2009
    I'm actually not as ready as I thouhgt I was. I currently have a UHF only antenna and I discovered yesterday that two channels I care about will be in the VHF band.
  3. Jun 3, 2009 #3 of 219

    kenva Mentor

    Dec 29, 2006
    I'm in a very similar situation. I've been wondering for a while how many people out there think they are ready for the switch and are not aware that many digital channels are changing as well.
  4. Jun 3, 2009 #4 of 219
    Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Of Course. :)

  5. Jun 3, 2009 #5 of 219

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Ready for what? :lol:
  6. Jun 4, 2009 #6 of 219

    ChrisPC Godfather

    Jun 16, 2003
    I've got a nice big VHF/UHF antenna on my roof, and have been getting great signal strength for years. Only one station has been giving me trouble, and that one's switching to VHF.

    Until about a year ago, I worked at an electronics store. I'm extremely glad I don't work there anymore!
  7. Jun 4, 2009 #7 of 219

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I have found it interesting that KCAL 9 in LA will be slowly decreasing the signal strength of their analogue broadcast between the 1st and 12th, while leaving their current digital channel 43 at full power.. then on the 12th, they will be moving their digital signal to 9... Its interesting because they are slowly decreasing the signal rather than just flipping the switch.... I know it will be all kinds of fun to rescan.. and I wonder if Directv will have any issues... I kind of want to be tuned in to an analogue station when they flip it off.. I am curios if they just flip it, or if they will have a count down or something... I'd have a clock on screen at all times for the last 3 days, with a message saying rescan after the clock expires...
  8. Jun 4, 2009 #8 of 219

    samhevener Godfather

    Feb 23, 2006
    :(Channel 3 in Cleveland is having problems installing it's antenna for their new UHF digital assignment. They may not be ready on June 12th. If that is the case, they will still have to broadcast their digital channel on channel 2. Channel 2 is the worse channel for digital broadcasting because of all the manmade noise on 50 mc that keeps many viewers from receiving their station.
  9. Jun 4, 2009 #9 of 219
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Here in the Youngstown-Warren area I am hoping Channel 3.1 and 3.2's signal strenght gets a boost, along with Channel 19.1, also I Record alot of stuff off of 43.2 (THIS) with my AM21....

    Oh, did I mention I am ready?
  10. Jun 4, 2009 #10 of 219

    ARKDTVfan Icon

    May 19, 2003
    I'm ready for the DTV reminders to get off my screen!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Jun 4, 2009 #11 of 219

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    Yep. Been ready for a while. I'm a D* customer with locals anyway, but I also have the OTA solution ready for a year, just in case I get tired of paying for TV. Got the 91XG and YA-1713 at the ready and all is well. I actually watch my locals OTA most of the time anyway.

    Looking forward to just getting this over and done with. And it looks like it's really going to happen this time.
  12. Jun 4, 2009 #12 of 219

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    All of our Big 4 networks did the change over on 2/17/09 except NBC. If people here didn't notice, they were not paying attention.
  13. Jun 4, 2009 #13 of 219

    ibglowin Godfather/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Sep 10, 2002
    Have had great OTA HD reception on all locals for almost 5 years. Now with the final switch 2 of our locals are switching back to their old analog station frequency (7 & 13) with their digital signal..... :mad:

    Not happy to say the least. I am 45 miles from the towers and have great line of sight but now I have to see if I can pull in High VHF with a UHF only Antenna (Channel Master 4228). They say 13 is quite possible but maybe not 7.

    I just ordered a Winegard UHF/VHF pre-amp so I will see if I can pull them in on the big switch day. If I can't, I guess I will be ordering a Ginormous UHF/VHF Combo antenna to go along with the pre-amp.
  14. Jun 4, 2009 #14 of 219

    mhayes70 New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    I've been ready for over a year.. I am also ready for those messages at the bottom of the screen to go away. :D
  15. Jun 4, 2009 #15 of 219

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    We have only one station in the Austin market that is changing its frequency; the FOX affiliate is moving from 56 to 7. So in reality, that would seem to be the only one that might be a problem -- not so much for my ability to receive the signal (I already have a YA-1713 pointed in the right direction to prepare for it), but because I have a D* HR20 which doesn't allow full channel scanning, so who knows how long until I'll be able to get Fox OTA until they fix their channel mappings.

    Everything else is already in its post-transition frequency, so nothing else should be a concern.
  16. Jun 4, 2009 #16 of 219

    msmith Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    Is it midnight between June 11 and 12, or midnight between June 12 and 13?
  17. Jun 4, 2009 #17 of 219
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I believe the final cutoff is midnight, June 12, 2009. However, I think stations may cut over anytime on June 12 if that is the day they said they would cut off. I've been trying to nail this down as well, and I think there may be some statement to the FCC as to what time of day they expect to cut over on a station-by-station basis.
  18. Jun 4, 2009 #18 of 219

    kocuba Icon

    Dec 29, 2006
    They were just finishing up the new tower that the antenna will be sitting on last week. Hopefully they have begun mounting the new antenna during this week. But not certain as I have not driven past it this week. But it seems like they are on track to be ready for June 12th as WVIZ will also be sitting on that tower and they just finish some FCC filings that allow them to start at full power when ever they are ready. So hopefully Channel 3 is not far behind.

    Not sure if Channel 3's new tower will help you in that situation, but I wish you luck.

    BTW I am also ready as are my parents and in-laws and my camper.
  19. Jun 4, 2009 #19 of 219

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    So, does that mean 12:00 AM 12 June (that is, one minute after 11:59pm 11 June?) I might just have the stay up late that night.
  20. Jun 4, 2009 #20 of 219
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I would swear one of my local stations has been running a crawl stating they would do their cutover in the afternoon on the 12th.

    I understand why they wouldn't do it late at night... so I'm guessing many stations will try to find a time of the day that is the least disruptive to their local viewers in case there are any problems from the technical side.
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