Next Round of Station Transitions Is a Week Away
March 24, 2009 3:48 PM
We are less than a week away from the next round of analog television stations going dark.
Starting March 30, those noncommercial/educational stations that certified they were having severe financial problems and needed to power down their analog transmitters will be allowed to do so by the FCC.
The majority of the distressed analog NC/E station transmitter shutdowns will happen March 30-31.
The next wave of stations ending analog will be April 16. These stations consist primarily of independent and network-affiliated commercial stations.This is the earliest date that a commercial station could choose to end analog if it did not do so on Feb. 17.
After April 16, a number of stations will sporadically turn off transmitters leading up to the extended end date for the transition to digital, which is June 12.
To view a PDF file of the 158 stations ending analog before June 12, click here. The stations are arranged by Designated Market Areas (DMAs).
At this time, there were 421 stations that ended analog on or before Feb. 17, 2009. Between March 30 and June 12, 158 more stations will go to digital-only broadcasting. And on June 12, the remaining 927 analog television stations will cease to broadcast analog.
It's been a long road, and as we merge onto the digital highway, full-power analog broadcasting will be fading into the rear-view mirror. Sit back, relax, put the cruise control on and enjoy the ride. It's finally getting close, and we're headed into the 21st century!
Most of us, anyway …