DTV: More Stations Set to Go Digital

Mar 18, 2009  •  Post A Comment

About 44% of the country’s TV stations aren’t going to wait for the national deadline to switch to digital television on June 12, instead dropping their analog broadcasting signals earlier, TVWeek reports. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday reported that 158 additional stations have asked to switch early. Those stations will join the 417 that switched on the original date of transition, Feb. 17, and the 220 that switched earlier, TVWeek says. The number represents a big chunk of stations—795 of the nation’s 1,722. But because TV stations owned and operated by the broadcast networks in major markets aren’t among those switching early, it’s still expected that the bulk of the nation’s viewers will see the switch take place June 12.
—Greg Baumann

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