Monday, February 09, 2009

Springs will go digital June 12

If you're not following the minutae of the DTV transition delay, this may seem like an "uh duh" statement, but in many places, possibly including Denver, one or more TV stations plans to shut down their analog transmitters on Feb. 17 as originally scheduled.

Even making calls to the local stations this morning, there were different theories and rumors about who might or might not make the switch.

In any case, as of 2:06 p.m. Monday, all the locals are planning on keeping their analog signals running through June 12.

Which is too bad, in a way. Having one or more of the local stations shut down their analog transmitter would probably be a very, very effective way to get the OTA DTV foot-draggers off their couches and into the store to buy a converter box.

4 Comments:

At 3:17 PM, February 12, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping for them all to go digital this month so I could get nothing but snow on my old TV screens. That would be better than what they are all putting out now. Cable or Sat is the ONLY way to go in this techno time. Local TV was good for the first 20 years but then local advertising turned it into modern radio with pictures.

 
At 10:40 AM, February 15, 2009, OpenID brian said...

Speaking of radio...why hasn't KILO jumped on the digital bandwagon? They are number one, according to arbitron anyway, they can surely afford to get up to date with clear channel and citadel radio....Andy, see if you can find out whats going on here with that...Thanks! :o)

 
At 7:53 AM, February 16, 2009, Blogger AndyW said...

I've asked them about that. They just don't see it being worth the investment. Unlike DTV, HD radio isn't mandated by the government and the difference in quality isn't nearly as noticeable.

I expect that if anyone figures out how to make money on subchannels, all the HD holdouts will fall in line.

 
At 11:49 AM, February 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it has alot to do with bells and whistles on these new hd radio's. i have a new jvc hd in my ranger and i will tell you it is amzing what the npr outlet, krcc is doing with their 2 subchannels. kccy, jet and the beat are all in and out with their subs. sometimes they work and sometimes they dont. its just intresting to see what they offer on the sub channels. denver, and many bigger cities are loaded with the hd choices. seem kilo could devote one channel to their basement garage bands that play in the sudio sometimes. just a thought.

 

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