February 18, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
Hey, how about that DTV transition! You know, the one that was delayed until June 12?
You may have noticed on your local stations that they went dark yesterday. Or if your household was prepared, then you didn’t notice at all, but 421 out of the nearly 1,800 broadcasters making the switch from analog to digital programming did so yesterday—the original February 17 FCC-mandated shutoff date (or had already done so).
The stations were predominantly in rural markets, with San Diego and Santa Barbara among the most populous, so the swell of complaints and any rockiness could still come on June 12.
From what I’ve read, it looks like there were plenty of calls fielded—confusion over not knowing that the switch was still going on in some places, and how to handle it—but no major debacles, found by USA Today or the Associated Press.
USA Today talked to one station in Florida that received 32 calls in about a two-hour span after switching to digital (and the station’s president said it had 1,400 in the previous two weeks).
If your market was one that did go from analog to digital, you can check what you may be able to pull in from your converter box at CheckDTV.com, and hopefully you’re not still waiting for a government coupon to buy one.
So was the transition smooth in your area? Were you calling your local broadcaster to find out more? Let us know how it went in a comment below.
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