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Congress Passes DTV Delay Bill

Congress passed today a bill that would change the DTV transition date from February 17th to June 12th. President Obama said he plans to sign the bill. I believe most stations in Oklahoma will still cut off their analog transmitter on February 17th anyways.

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9 Comments

  1. mzokc
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I hope Oklahoma leads the nation in turning off their digital transmitters on Feb 17th. They have been announcing the date for months and it makes sense to shut down the transmitters. If a few stations run in “nightlight” mode where a DTV announcement runs 24/7, that is understandable. Weather events can be posted on the “nightlight” analog transmitter as well. But nothing will say “buy a converter today” better than snow on an analog channel.

    For those channels in Oklahoma who continue to run programming on their analog transmitter after Feb 17 to June 12, I have two suggestions.

    1. Shut off the analog on Feb 17 for 24 hours. This will give you time for step two.

    2. Set up DTV conversion announcements only on the analog channel that scroll 24/7. To help foreign viewers, those analog DTV conversion announcements could be in multiple languages. –> Do NOT have any DTV conversion scrolling announcements on your digital channel or the feed to the cable or satellite companies. <–

    These two suggestions will decrease the frustration of the delay and allow the owners of digital equipment to enjoy DTV and HDTV with maximum satisfaction.

  2. quanah
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    KCEN-DT 9 (NBC) in Waco today made an immediate appeal to the FCC to turn off Feb. 17 or as soon as the law allows.
    Feb. 17 “News6” becomes “News9”. All 6 IDs are scheduled for burial.
    If you guys learn anything more about the current delay law please post. Thank you Oklahoma guys.

  3. Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    KFOR just announced they’re turning off their analog signal on Feb. 17th. “We’re moving ahead,” they said.

    Thank you…

  4. quanah
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    KCEN in Waco is now running spots saying they’ll turn off analog Feb. 17 at 11:59 PM. On Feb. 18 we’ll be the new KCEN-DT 9.
    I don’t know if they’ve sorted out the new law, or they received permission from the FCC.
    My KWBU-TV 34 (PBS) is off air for the second day. I’ve read that some small PBS stations will turn off analog early.
    I’ve got rabbit ears hooked to an old RCA TV to keep up.

  5. servicetech
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Any word on other OKC stations shutting the signal off 2/17? From an economic prospective it doesn’t make sense to for the TV station spend $5,000/mo in extra electricity costs so that 5% of the market can get the signal. I seriously doubt the TV stations would have to lower it’s advertising rates due to the loss of the 5% of viewers.

  6. ggore
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    As the only mid-size market in the country with no local major network HD news, OKC is not “leading the country” right now. Even though KFOR news reporters are running around with “HD” on their microphone cubes.
    One station (KWTV) still refuses to broadcast Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
    Only one station (KWTV) has the ability to broadcast a crawl and weather warning graphics on top of an HD picture.
    Is KSWO-Lawton going to turn off their analog transmitter so that KOCO will finally be able to broadcast a full 360-degree digital signal and be receivable in all of Oklahoma City?

  7. quanah
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    ggore,

    The FCC tells me KSWO plans to turn off Feb. 17, but it could be weeks and weeks before KOCO can elavate their DT transmitter and power.
    The last I read, KOCO still had their DT transmitter well down the tower, so as to better protect KSWO analog 7.
    I don’t believe KOCO is prepared for a quick change. I may be wrong.

  8. quanah
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    KSWO Lawton is corporate for KXXV Waco and KDFA Amarillo.
    KXXV tells me all three plan Feb. 17 analog turnoff.

  9. fox25eng
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    KOKH and KOCB will cease analog transmissions Feb 17th at 11:59

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