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Analog TV cut off date?

Country_TV
09-27-2005, 07:09 PM
When, 2006 or 2009?
Any one know? :confused:

RSawdey
09-27-2005, 07:41 PM
Currently it's the last day of 2006, but expected to be changed to the last day of 2008.

d6500k
09-28-2005, 01:46 PM
The plan (remember, the US Congress is involved) is December 31st, 2008.

Good Viewing,

Doug k

cowsgonemadd3
09-28-2005, 08:33 PM
Wonder why its so late? Is it so the tv stations can be able to broadcast ATSC HDTV signal to everyone before they cut off analog?

PFC5
10-02-2005, 03:04 AM
Wonder why its so late? Is it so the tv stations can be able to broadcast ATSC HDTV signal to everyone before they cut off analog?

Because the cost of HDTVs are still too high for most people to buy an HDTV. That 12/31/08 cutoff date is not definate either, since it is dependent on at least 80% of any given market (area) have digital capable tvs.

RSawdey
10-02-2005, 02:29 PM
The ORIGINAL plan was 12/31/06, with at least 85% penetration... this is being changed to 12/31/08 with no conditions, but I don't think the bill has passed Congress yet...

BrianO
10-02-2005, 04:37 PM
The ORIGINAL plan was 12/31/06, with at least 85% penetration... this is being changed to 12/31/08 with no conditions, but I don't think the bill has passed Congress yet...

The planned Dec 31, 2006 date is (still) the earliest date that an individual TV broadcaster will be allowed to turn off its analogue broadcasts, provided that the desired 85% market penetration has been reached in its own broadcast market for its digital broadcasts. As such, calling it a cutoff date is misleading because it is not a hard deadline, and it never was.

The proposed Dec 31, 2008 date will, in all likelihood, be a mandatory cutoff date and the broadcasters will have no option but to cease analogue broadcasting, regardless of market penetration.

CatManDoo
10-02-2005, 07:49 PM
The planned Dec 31, 2006 date is (still) the earliest date that an individual TV broadcaster will be allowed to turn off its analogue broadcasts, provided that the desired 85% market penetration has been reached in its own broadcast market for its digital broadcasts. As such, calling it a cutoff date is misleading because it is not a hard deadline, and it never was.

The proposed Dec 31, 2008 date will, in all likelihood, be a mandatory cutoff date and the broadcasters will have no option but to cease analogue broadcasting, regardless of market penetration.Anyone have insight as to what the BROADCASTERS think of all this? I mean, they're basically being forced to carry 2 signals now and that's got to be a lot more confusing (and expensive) than just focusing on one. Am I right, or all washed up? :confused:

SLedford
10-03-2005, 04:39 AM
You are talking about local broadcasters, so the opinion will vary from market to market and station to station. Here in Little Rock:

CBS affiliate has accepted HD and uses it as a selling point. When they do Razorback games, they are usually in HD.

ABC affiliate is broadcasting in HD at a minimal power level. If you do not have cable and are not near the station, chances are you will not get the signal.

NBC affiliate doesn't even have the HD equipment. They are broadcasting a strong digital signal, thus are complying with the rules as passed by Congress.

A mixed bag. I see more foot dragging than enthusiasm.

RSawdey
10-03-2005, 02:49 PM
You might want to revisit that low-power station... all stations were told that their interferance protected signal area would be that which was present last July 1. Most have gone to full power now. If not, their 'footprint' can get stepped on by anyone.

maicaw
10-03-2005, 03:52 PM
Anyone have insight as to what the BROADCASTERS think of all this? I mean, they're basically being forced to carry 2 signals now and that's got to be a lot more confusing (and expensive) than just focusing on one. Am I right, or all washed up? :confused: what are you suggesting -no analog / or no HDTV / or whichever they choose/ - they can opt out - there are lot's of other entrepreneurs who would love to have a direct line into your livingroom 24/7- for instance-
E*Trade is paying $1.6 billion for a JP Morgan affilliate with 200,000 accounts ($8000/account) primarily because the accounts average $150K and trade oftener - The guys with HDTVs are Golden Geese to broadcasters - the rest may be Black Swans but they are their bread and butter - Your HDTV may be worth more to the broadcaster than you paid for it! -Say what -maybe they will start giving them away?

Alpha2005
10-03-2005, 08:58 PM
You guys are so lucky hee...I dont even have a Digital broadcasting channel over here. :)