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First large scale DTV switch in the US occurs today

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 17 Feb 2009 9:50 User comments (2)

First large scale DTV switch in the US occurs today The biggest milestone to date in the US DTV transition will be passed today. Before midnight tonight 421 analog TV broadcasts will be shut down. Combined with the 220 stations that have already switched that will mean more than a third of broadcasters are already all digital.
Despite the passage of the DTV Delay Act earlier this month many broadcasters have chosen to stick with the original February 17 transition deadline. There were actually 491 stations still planning to switch today. The FCC initially denied 123 such requests. After several broadcasters appealed that number was reduced to 70, with the other 53 allowed to continue as planned today.

Speaking about his agency's decision, acting Chairman Michael Copps said "This is not just about whether people can watch their favorite reality show. Its about whether consumers have access to vital emergency alerts, weather, news and public affairs.

If you're not sure whether a station in your area is switching now you can find that information on the FCC's website. It's available either in an Excel spreadsheet or a PDF document. Stations are sorted by Nielsen (TV ratings) market.

If you're still not sure you're prepared for the switch you can make sure by reading our guide on Preparing for the DTV transition.

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2 user comments

117.2.2009 11:21

***Shrugs shoulders***

217.2.2009 20:00

I know there are more important things lawmakers could be doing!

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