Tag Results for digital tv (38)

  1. US National DTV Test Day on 21 May

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) wants television stations that haven't already switched to digital-only broadcasts to show a public-service advert about the digital transition for three five-minute periods on May 21. The aim would be to remind everyone still watching analog broadcasts of the final conversion from analog to digital transmissions will take place on the 12th of June. According to the story, the first national broadcasts would occur at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The (un)availability of converter boxes doesn't …

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  2. Tracking the Digital TV Transition

    Since 17 Februaryâ''s date certain for analog TV shutdown became date uncertain and then 12 June, the digital TV transition has dropped from newspaper headlines. But things have indeed been happening. For one, some 750 stations around the U.S. have already killed their analog signals; thatâ''s a good chunk of the nationâ''s 1759 broadcast stations. Continuing dual analog and digital broadcasts costs moneyâ''simply powering the additional transmitter costs something like ten thousand dollars a month; thatâ''s a lot for a small station in tough economic times. Most …

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  3. DTV Transition Updates

    Today, US households that had received digital television (DTV) converter box coupons but had let them expire can now apply for new ones from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. Previously, if a household had received a coupon and hadn't redeemed it before the coupon's 90 day expiration date, it was ineligible to receive another. The recent US stimulus package added $650 million to the coupon program, which had run out of money in early January. Each US household is eligible to receive two converter box coupons. According to program stats as …

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  4. DTV Transition: No Major Screams of Pain Reported, Yet

    So far, there have been no widespread reports of major problems in the areas of the US that transitioned from analog to digital TV yesterday. Everything seems pretty quiet. There was one news report from Oklahoma City about phone callers swamping KWTV-9 when it made the switchover at 1300 yesterday. However, the story said that "most of the calls were from Dish Network viewers who couldnâ''t get the station and people who had not rescanned their digital televisions or converter boxers for digital channels." In other words, no big deal. One interesting story that …

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  5. DTV: The Latest From the Washington Vaudeville Show

    Last Thursday, I noted that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was not going to allow all 682 television stations that wanted to make the transition from analog to digital transmissions this Tuesday, the 17th of February, because doing would cause "a significant risk of substantial public harm." So, the FCC informed 191 stations (which was then reduced to 123 after more thought) that they couldn't make the transition to digital broadcast only unless they jumped through a series 8 hoops before this weekend. According to a story in today's Chicago Tribune, of …

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