Vast Majority Of TV Stations To Keep Analog Until June 12 [Multichannel News]
A few stations in the Insight footprint have announced plans to convert to digital broadcasts prior to the national DTV deadline on June 12th. The FCC required stations still broadcasting in analog and planning to make the switch prior to June 12th submit notice of their plans yesterday. Nationally, only 158 stations indicated that they plan to switch early, while 927 stations will stick with the national deadline on June 12th.
Though the FCC has to approve the 158 stations plans to switch to digital broadcasts early, this article indicates that most stations will receive permission to make the early transition. In Insight's service area, that means that the entire Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network of stations will be changing to digital broadcasting next month on April 16th. KET stations are part of the national Public Broadcasting System (PBS). In Columbus, Ohio, fellow PBS affiliate WOSU-TV will also be making the digital transition on that same date.
One commercial station in Lexington, Kentucky has requested to transition to digital before June 12th. WKYT-TV, the CBS affiliate, has requested an April 16th transition. All these requests are pending FCC approval, with one of the main factors in the FCC's decision being that other stations in the market continue to broadcast in analog until June 12th. Stay tuned to this blog for updates about whether the FCC grants this early permission to transition.
And if you've not read it here before, here's my standard DTV disclaimer. If all your televisions are connected to cable, relax. You don't have to concern yourself with the availability of DTV converter box coupons because you're already prepared for the digital television transition. And if you're not an Insight customer, we'd love to be your DTV solution. Please give us a call, so we can begin getting you prepared for the digital transition.