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The Oklahoman is reporting that OKC stations KFOR, KWTV, KOCO, KOKH and OETA will shutdown their analog transmitter on February 17th as planned. KWSO in Lawton will also will shutdown their analog transmitter.

NOTE: KOCB will shutdown their analog transmitter as well.

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In another article things are less clear in Tulsa. KOTV is the only station the Oklahoman is reporting going to shutdown their analog transmitter on February 17th.

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11 Comments

  1. dmoran
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    KOCO just announced on the 5pm news that they’re delaying the switch.

  2. joejanko
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I saw the KOCO announcement online. I sent them feedback through their website that we would be boycotting their station until at least June 12.

  3. spata
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I told them effective 02/17/09 I would no longer be watching their station and instead would be tuning into KFOR-DT or KWTV-DT.

  4. mzokc
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Channel 7 in Lawton will shut off their analog transmitter according to their web site. “We’re going to turn the transmitter off at 11:59 pm on the 17th of February,” said Director of Engineering Joe Bartnik.

    If KOCO increases their channel 7 digital signal and include 360 degree coverage on the 18th of February, then it shouldn’t matter if they continue to transmit analog on the old channel 5 tower. The delay is a great opportunity to solve the digital coverage problem while allowing weak DTV areas to continue to get an analog signal.

    If DTV channel 7 continues to have signal strength problems, then KOCO should consider buying the channel 39 transmitter that KWTV has used successfully.

  5. Sooner Al
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    From this KSBI is going to run both analog and digital for awhile…

    http://www.ksbitv.com/home/39160762.html

  6. joejanko
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Sooner Al, thanks for the tip. Just sent them an email explaining that we’d be boycotting them also.

    mzokc, that’s just a bunch of blah, blah, blah. IF they couldn’t solve the “digital coverage problem” in two years, what makes you think that 4 more months will help? Both KOCO’s and KSBI’s statements explaining why they are continuing to broadcast analog are thinly-veiled grabs for viewers.

  7. mzokc
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    “…what makes you think that 4 more months will help?…”

    KOCO analog channel 5 has nothing to do with the problem we have with KOCO-DT digital channel 7 interfering with Lawton’s KSWO analog channel 7.

    We have waited over two years for the day when analog channel 7 in Lawton is shutdown. It will happen on Feb 17th. Until that happens, KOCO-DT has to keep their digital signal low to keep from interfering. In the past two years the KOCO-DT signal has been kept low. So low that some in downtown OKC have to use an additional large VHF antenna to get the station. I am looking forward to check signal strength for KOCO-DT and see it rise after Feb 17. When it matches the other stations, I will stop using the extra antenna and check the results.

    After Feb 17th, KOCO-DT can transmit at full power, move their antenna transmitter, or do anything else to have the best signal strength for the first time in more than two years! And they can do it with or without the analog transmitter running on channel 5.

    Currently my neighbor gets all the digital channels on rabbit ears, except for KOCO-DT. They need KOCO analog until the problem is solved. I look forward to notifying the neighbor when KOCO-DT is at full power.

  8. quanah
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    ch 7 (lowest high VHF) is the most desired channel for analog and digital in the entire television spectrum.
    I suspect KOCO-DT will perform best in the OKC market, once they are no longer saddled with the KSWO limitations.

    Sentinel’s cable system has carried KSWO 7 forever off air. I guess they still do.
    Wichita Fall’s 3 and 6 and UHF stations were never suitable reception at Sentinel’s distance.
    Decatur, and Bowie, TX cable systems display KSWO 7 better than any other Wichita Falls-Lawton station. KSWO 7 transmitter is more distant than 3 and 6.

    ch 7 is the strongest and best signals in Los Angeles, Denver, Little Rock, Salt Lake City, New York City, Boise and everywhere else. ch 7 is almost always the best of off air reception.

  9. Sooner Al
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    A new article on the Oklahoman today…

    “Most Oklahoma TV stations won’t delay digital move”…

    http://newsok.com/most-oklahoma-tv-stations-wont-delay-digital-move/article/3344693?custom_click=headlines_widget

  10. Posted February 10, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I read the article and I thought KFOR was making the switch on the 17th.

  11. Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    KFOR announced on the air that they’ll run both transmitters until June 12th.

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