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Hawaii Primes for DTV Test

Jan 11, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The likelihood that the digital TV switch will be delayed comes as the state of Hawaii plans the biggest test yet of the transition on Jan. 15.
While broadcasters in the state say a very small percentage of the population doesn’t get TV via cable or satellite, the size and population of Hawaii—as well as some technical issues—are causing concerns.
Check out all of TVWeek’s DTV coverage here.
All of the Hawaii stations use multiple transmitters, with Maui and parts of the Big Island served from a transmitter atop a 10,000-foot dead volcano on Maui that’s shared by all major stations.
Environmental issues are forcing the stations to move their digital signals to a transmitter halfway down the mountain.
Station executives say it won’t be clear until the switchover whether the change affects viewers’ ability to see local stations.
“There are some areas where there could be signal loss,” said Chris Leonard, president of the Hawaii Association of Broadcasters.
Rick Blangiardi, president-general manager of KGMB-TV, Emmis Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Honolulu, said stations hope the test goes smoothly.
“We’ve done everything here to make this like Y2K, and the next day you forget about it. But because of the change in elevation and technology, we’ve no idea what it will do until we flip the switch,” he said.

2 Comments

  1. First of all that volcano on Maui is Haleakala, And it is not dead. I f you were to do your homework you would know that Mt.Haleakala is only sleeping.. or more correctly put dormant. Pele hasn’t grumbled for over 300 yrs. or so….

  2. The article never named the volcano so the article is correct and the snarky correction is not necessary.
    And 300 years equals effectively dead.

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