The DTV Transition Has Been Delayed, But Some Stations Are Going Forward

Today was supposed to be the DTV transition day, were it not for the complete and utter disaster that was the coupon program. Now, the new transition day is June 12, but some stations, mostly in rural areas, are making the switch anyway.

From the AP:

The most populous markets where many or all major-network stations are cutting analog include San Diego and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Providence, R.I.; La Crosse and Madison, Wis.; Rockford, Ill.; Sioux City, Iowa; Waco, Texas; Macon, Ga.; Scranton, Pa.; and Burlington, Vt.

Any readers living in these areas? How is the transition going? Anyone rioting in the streets?

Some TV stations get ready to cut analog signals [AP]

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  1. Yankees368 says:

    WILX (NBC) here in Lansing, MI switched to all digital today. I had to re-scan my TV to find the new signal, and now all is well. Finally, that damn DTV scroll that steals my HD every 10 minutes will be gone (until the next weather event or school closings)

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      @Yankees368: “Finally, that damn DTV scroll that steals my HD every 10 minutes”

      If they’re all-digital now, won’t the scroll not swap you down to the lower signal anymore? I hope? I hate losing my widescreen!

      • Yankees368 says:

        @Eyebrows McGee: Unfortunately, no. Almost all local stations don’t have the proper equipment to “inject” scrolls or bugs into network HD programming, and down-convert the HD feed from the network to put in their own scroll. Once the message is over, they switch the outgoing feed back to HD (hopefully, sometimes they forget, and I get mad)

    • Nick1693 says:

      @Yankees368: I’m not sure if it’s relevant here, but I think WHDH in Boston switched to all HD a while ago, and I’m pretty sure they’re switching over soon, if they haven’t already.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      @Yankees368: See, my problem is that I don’t *see* widescreen UNTIL they inject one of those scrolls. For some stupid reason my cable box is cutting off the sides of my picture and its pissing me off. I shouldn’t have to buy an HDTV. I don’t care if there are black bars on the top and bottom of my screen, but I want to see the whole damn picture!

  2. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    hey, screw you, AP, Peoria’s totally a bigger market than Rockford! And, yes, we went all-digital today. (Well, about half the stations are going at 11:59 tonight.)

    My TV seems slightly confused and needs to rescan for channels, but I might have to find the manual to remember how to do that. I guess I’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow for the riots.

    • unsunder says:

      @Eyebrows McGee: I was thinking the same thing.

    • Bill Scott says:

      @Eyebrows McGee: I’ve been so sick of the commericals 10 times an hour with some local business guy/gal telling us the change is coming. Thank you Hoerr Nursery for reminding me at 501pm, 506pm, 513pm and 521pm that change is coming.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @Bill Scott: LOL, I must have missed the Hoerr ones, but I know ALL ABOUT Sherman’s awesome TV offerings!

        And now you’ve made me want it to be spring so I can go stimulate the economy by spending too much at Hoerr. :)

  3. gamabunta says:

    Local station has had a banner on the bottom of the screen running for the past 48 hours saying at 10 tonight they would cut off the analog signal.

  4. menty666 says:

    I have a USB tuner with an unamplified antenna and when I rescanned this morning I still found 0 digital channels. I’m glad it’s not my only source.

    • GMFish says:

      @menty666: “I rescanned this morning I still found 0 digital channels

      The reason you’re not getting any digital channels has nothing to do with the switch over. Every broadcaster in your area is already transmitting in both analog and digital. The switch over only means they’re turning the analog transmitter off.

      If you’re not receiving any digital broadcasts, you need a better antenna.

  5. QuantumRiff says:

    I live in Madison, WI, and the only thing louder than the gunfire is the Fire trucks, rushing to try to put out fires started by rioters.

    Err, wait, no, nothing has happened. There was no difference between today, and yesterday.

    The local papers hardly seem to mention it anymore, its become such an old story. If anyone didn’t notice the commercials and news highlights over the last few months, and they didn’t pay attention to the local TV stations “DTV questions telethon” played during prime time a month ago, then they sure wouldn’t have noticed the scrolling text at the bottom of EVERY analog channel in the last week or so..

  6. EricLecarde says:

    So far here in Waco things are quiet. I’m at TWC on call waiting for the flood though. I’ll let everyone know if it gets crazy… probably won’t though.

  7. JGKojak says:

    You know- this is what they should have done– phase it in in certain markets. They could have announced a d-day (today) but allowed a market-by-market exception instead of a blanket exception.

  8. floraposte says:

    Is there still time to buy milk and bread?

  9. snm.grr says:

    I had hoped Grand Rapids, MI would switch today. Waiting was stupid. They should have left the date alone, and simply funded the converter program with another 10 million a month for the next 3 months, or some such. Delaying will hurt viewers, stations, and the people waiting for the frequencies.

    People have had over TWO YEARS to prepare.

    “We’re from the Government and we’re her to help” my foot.

  10. TalKeaton: Every Puzzle Has an Answer! says:

    Actually, I’m pretty sure (if I heard last night correctly) the Burlington, VT channels are changing tomorrow, not today.

    Also, Vermont FTW. Glad to hear someone still remembers we’re a state. :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    DH works for the ABC affiliate here in Waco, Texas. Since every station wants to switch today, the FCC decided that one station would also have to remain on air with their analog signal. Ours will be NBC because it is the cheapest, power-wise, and all of the other stations will be helping foot the electric bill. Hubby is editing a 2-hour loop that will start tonight and will run on NBC with information about the switch, and will only be cut into for news and weather emergencies.

  12. RazFandango says:

    I would LOVE to hear stories of people calling in being confused. It keeps my faith in this country ever so strong!

  13. Robert Cooley says:

    Sorry snm.grr but they had TWELVE years to prepare.

    Here in the Phoenix area some made the cut to digital today. I think the PBS station and at least one of the major networks were going to make the cut.

  14. ophmarketing says:

    “some stations, mostly in rural areas, are making the switch anyway”

    So in other words, the people for whom we enacted this unnecessary delay in the first place are still getting their digital signal on schedule, while those of us in urban areas that were ready for the transition have to wait another four months. Makes perfect sense.

    • paragrab says:

      @ophmarketing: What, you don’t have stupid people in urban areas? Or elderly? Fuck you.

      • Brunette Bookworm says:

        @paragrab: Why do people keep blaming the elderly? My grandparents have had satellite or cable since I was a little kid. Plus, I think the majority of people in rural areas have one of those, too. It’s hard to get any TV otherwise, even before the digital switch.

        Not all the elderly and rural residents are idiots who can’t figure out how to do anything with their TV.

        • paragrab says:

          @Red-headed bookworm: I agree. That’s why I referenced the stupid and the elderly separately. Some old people really cant get out of their house, down to the local wal-mart, buy the box, then get behind their tv to hook it up. I was more bitching about banal, pretentious bullshit from urbanites who think that if you don’t live within a few miles of a million other people, you must be a technologically-backward dolt.

        • dvdchris says:

          @Red-headed bookworm: Agreed. I do not know a SINGLE person that watches OTA TV.

  15. Bs Baldwin says:

    Utter disaster of the coupon system? There was money available for 33.5 million boxes, there are maybe 12 million households that only use over the air broadcasts. The 5 or 6 million households that didn’t buy a box are probably those outside of the 20 to 25 mile range of a DTV transmitter.

    Delaying this only benefits the politicians, so they look good for their poorer voters. It isn’t a coincidence those voters also vote democratic.

    • EhnoValemount says:

      @Bs Baldwin: Yeah, I guess I’m not really seeing how the coupon program was such a disaster. It would have had plenty of money had sites like this one not encouraged everyone to sign up for as many as they could regardless of need. If only people who truly can’t afford to drop $40 for a tuner had signed up there would have been money to spare.

      • x10 says:

        @EhnoValemount: Apparently the coupons expired after three months, leaving procrastinators/people who got coupons early but figured they had until February to buy the boxes throughly screwed.

        • FLConsumer says:

          @x10: Call me one of the screwed. The coupons arrived…but the stores were perpetually sold out of the boxes during the entire time the coupons were valid.

  16. jim @ Change Jar Savings says:

    Two of the seven stations in Green Bay, WI are switching tonight at 11:59 pm. The CW and CBS affiliates are dropping their analog. The CW station is going to be running a 2 week FCC “night-light” where they will loop a program on how to hook up a convertor box.

    The funny thing is the ABC affiliate siad it is not dropping analog signal. They are owned by Young Broadcasting. Young filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday. What were they thinking???

  17. Joel Konopa says:

    Rockford, IL here. I don’t believe the shutdown happens till noon, our time.
    There have been non-stop tickers during the news and periodically during other shows alerting to the switch. There have been many commercials and news specials as well.
    I believe people are going to wait till the TV doesn’t work to do something about it and then they won’t be able to watch the how-to shows or know who to call… Rockford is like that.

  18. JGKojak says:

    “Delaying this only benefits the politicians, so they look good for their poorer voters. It isn’t a coincidence those voters also vote democratic.”

    Uhhhhh…yeah, so, only people who have money count in a democracy? People who are poor and need additional accomodation- screw them? Maybe they vote Democratic because the Republican party has disasterously ran the economy into the ground the last 8 years?

    Frankly, I don’t know why they didn’t just pay the box money directly to the manufacturer, and require Wal Mart, Best Buy, etc. to sell ‘em for 10 bucks each- would have worked better than a coupon.

    • EhnoValemount says:

      @JGKojak: You honestly don’t see *anything* wrong with the Government telling stores how to price things? Amazing.

      • ophmarketing says:

        @EhnoValemount: I don’t see a problem with pricing being set on the subsidized converters, especially if they were specific items that were made available as part of the subsidy plan.

        Hell, Apple, Sony, Bose and all kinds of other corporations tell retailers how to price things all the time. Why should it be OK for big business to do it on a regular basis but not for the government to do it for DTV boxes?

        The only problem I would anticipate with JGKojak’s plan has nothing to do with set pricing, but rather that it would likely provide avenues for fraud that wouldn’t exist otherwise (i.e. ensuring that people weren’t purchasing more than 2 boxes would be difficult).

    • OwenKlient says:

      @JGKojak: I think that probably would have worked. The stores definitely would have liked it– they’d get a subsidized “loss leader” to help get people into the store without them losing any money.

      EhnoValemount, if the government is subsidizing a product, then yes, they should have the power to tell a store how to price the item.

    • oneliketadow says:

      @JGKojak: I’d beg to differ with anyone who claims that poor people vote for Democrats only. Take one look at the state where I was born, West Virginia. Also look at Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, etc, etc.

    • barty says:

      @JGKojak: For starters, we’re not a Democracy.

      And no, it is not the job of the government to pay for things like this. Besides, since when has TV become a necessity of life? If someone can’t afford a $40 converter box, maybe they can’t afford to watch TV in the first place.

      We have awfully screwed up priorities in this country if we think we have to use the force of government to make accommodations for people to watch TV.

      • asherchang2 says:

        @barty: Public airwaves, public property. Since they’ve sold a good portion of them to Verizon et al, the least the government could do was fund the coupons.

  19. Anonymous says:

    @JGKojak: What people seem to be missing is that without the government coupon program, these boxes would only have cost the consumer $10 – $20 in the first place!

    The ONLY reason these converter boxes cost $40 – $60 at Walmart/etc. is because the manufacturers know that they are going to get an extra $40 from the government.

    • Tiber says:

      @VictoriaMongoose: I thought that too. The government shouldn’t told anyone they were going to give a rebate until the manufacturers gave a suggested price. If Congress actually gave a damn, they could’ve avoided bankrupting the program by not didn’t give manufacturers and retailers a reason to overprice it.

  20. oneliketadow says:

    I saw warning signs on the highway this morning, “WATCH OUR FOR WANDERING CONFUSED OLD PEOPLE”

  21. LatherRinseRepeat says:

    Poor planning. Instead of these lame coupons, they should have done rebates. Buy the DTV converter, enter your converter box serial number and address info on a website (or call 800 number for those without internet), wait 4 – 6 weeks, get a $40 rebate check. Easy.

    And let’s face it.. Those who haven’t gotten a converter box or applied for a coupon by now won’t do so, because now they have another 4 months to procrastinate. The only thing that will get them off their lazy asses is to shut off the analog signals now.

    Also, I don’t know what moron decided to pick February as the analog shut-off date to begin with. For some people, they need a new antenna to receive the digital signals better. And that might mean installing a new roof top antenna. Not an easy task to do if you live in an area with heavy rain or snow this time of year.

  22. Yankees368 says:

    @undefined: @Corporate_guy:
    This really has nothing to do with the DTV switch. It is simply that the local stations don’t have the $ for the equipment to inject scrolls and bugs into HD.
    HOWEVER: It was insane that the FCC required stations to run the DTV scroll on all broadcasts, digital, cable, and satellite. It should only have been run on analog, as they are the only viewers that need to see it. Forcing me, using DTV and cable, to watch these damn scrolls constantly is just wrong. If I am already watching DTV, why they hell are they telling me about the switch. The messages should have gone out to analog broadcasts ONLY.

  23. JGKojak says:

    “Poor planning. Instead of these lame coupons, they should have done rebates. Buy the DTV converter, enter your converter box serial number and address info on a website (or call 800 number for those without internet), wait 4 – 6 weeks, get a $40 rebate check. Easy.”

    Are you gonna help my grandparents and parents do this?

    Because I promise you they won’t.

  24. Alexander Thomas says:

    I’m in San Diego, I have Directv though.

  25. el_smurfo says:

    Santa Barbara is a coastal valley, so there is really only one station you can get over the air, the terrible, ghosty ABC affiliate. Most folks are on Cox Cable, so the transition won’t bother them…

  26. valen says:

    Leave it to the United States Congress to make a confusing transition even more confusing.

    In Saint Louis, MO: Only one local station is going digital only today (KDNL/ABC). I am unable to check the analog signal at this time because my TV tuner, a SiliconDust HDHomeRun, only does digital ATSC and QAM broadcasts. The digital cable version of the “regular” (i.e. SD) channel is based off the ATSC over the air broadcast.

  27. darkryd says:

    A lot of stations are already broadcasting in both. I finally caved this weekend and went and bought two converter boxes with the coupons I got.

    I was skeptical, but to be honest – I’m pretty damn impressed. I get quite a few more channels (even if a handful of them are annoying televangelist channels) and the picture is pretty clear.

    The only problem is – again – reception. Now instead of snow, you get ugly frozen frames and pixels if the signal is weak.

  28. scoosdad says:

    To those saying that they can’t get their digital stations yet: a lot of the digitals are currently running at reduced power until everyone makes the switchover. They’re operating on frequencies that some other analog station is currently using, so the FCC has restricted their power for the moment until after the new all-digital channel plan goes into effect to avoid interference.

    In Boston, for example, WBZ-DT (CBS) is using UHF channel 30. But 80 miles away there’s an analog NBC affiliate in Hartford (WVIT) also on channel 30. A lot of viewers 40-60 miles west of Boston report not being able to get WBZ-DT at all right now because of interference from the Hartford analog station.

    The other issue is that a lot of the stations currently running in digital are doing so from temporary antennas or locations, until their analog equipment is taken off the air. Then they have to wait their turn in line for a tower crew to come in and take down the old antenna, put up the new permanent digital one, etc.

    So on the analog shut-off date, that does not necessarily mean that everything suddenly is the way it will be in the end. It will still take some additional time for everyone to get up to maximum power and coverage area and sort out any coverage or interference issues that come up as the dust is settling.

    My digital conversion mantra: Not all of the new stations will be on UHF. Some digitals on UHF now are only there temporarily, and may move to a VHF channel once things settle down. Scan early and re-scan often, and don’t take down that VHF antenna yet. If an antenna guy offers to put up a shiny new UHF-only antenna for you, do your research and make sure he’s not locking you out of getting some of your local stations that might be moving to back to VHF in a few months. In Boston, that includes the NBC affiliate channel 7.

  29. brandyk says:

    One of the stations in SF is switching today (don’t remember which one). About a week or so ago during the nightly news they did a thing where they broadcasted different things on digital and analog (your TV is DTV ready/ your TV is totally screwed so call this number). I thought that was way more helpful than the onslaught of DTV warnings being served up to me on HD channels that I get through cable.

  30. medfordite says:

    Here in Southern Oregon, all but about 2 stations are flipping the switch tonight. Big write up in yesterday’s local news paper saying that most everyone here is ready but not all, and they were surprised at the number of people who still weren’t ready. There will always be stragglers.

    I don’t have cable or satellite so I rely on over the air broadcast or via internet. Since I have gone to over the air, and I am sure before, the signals have been both analog and digital.

  31. ezacharyk says:

    AS far as I know, no stations in the Oklahoma City area are going along with the extension. They are all dropping analog today. I am at work and have not tested this, but one of my tv’s should be dead today when I get home.

  32. ribex says:

    Providence, RI: As far as I can tell, none of the stations have stopped broadcasting in analog, but will at midnight tonight.

    Even though I have cable, I did get converter boxes because I have TVs that I use that could potentially need them if I should ever drop cable service, and I have one TV that isn’t hooked up. I played with one of them last night. I wish there were a way to merge the over the air DTV signals with my regular cable channels because the picture quality is ever so slightly better. Alas, my Series 2 TiVo wouldn’t play nicely with that set up.

    Probably the only thing that saddens me about the transition is that I have a handheld TV and a 5″ B&W TV that will become useless. The handheld TV was nice to take on trips or other random places. I guess I didn’t use it that often, but it was nice to know I had the option.

  33. Erin Cummins says:

    The tv station i work for has already gone digital. The feeling around here is, if people didn’t already make the switch they probably won’t until they are forced to.

  34. Anonymous says:

    All PBS stations in Alabama are dropping their analog broadcasting “at the end of the broadcasting day” Feb. 17, apparently midnight tonight. They state in their advisory that their budget funded the more expensive analog broadcasting only through today, and funding cuts by the State are making it difficult to find funds to continue the analog signal.

    Large markets include Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery. I’d estimate that the statewide viewers affected by this will be well over 100,000.

  35. HogwartsAlum says:

    What does it mean when people say “scan”? Several of you have mentioned that and I don’t understand what it means.

    Does that mean I have to do something? I have DirecTV. I thought I didn’t have to do anything.

    • prshack says:

      @HogwartsAlum: You don’t have to do anything. People that don’t have a cable/satellite service have to “scan” their channels to avoid having to type the number in every time they want a new channel.

    • valen says:

      @HogwartsAlum:

      The automatic scan feature runs through the entire television spectrum to find all available channels. This is a technical requirement of the current generation ATSC specification.

      Unlike the old analog setup where channel 5 was always 76-82 MHZ, the new digital setup supports virtual channels. For example, channel 5 may be 76-82 MHZ on analog and 596-602 MHZ (AKA physical channel 35) on digital. To make matters even more confusing, two digital stations can have reversed virtual channel numbers. For example, channel 5 may be broadccasting on 56-602 MHZ (physical channel 35) while channel 35 broadcasts on 76-82 MHZ (physical channel 5).

      This virtual channel setup is extremely problematic to consumer devices, which follow the virtual channel tables. As virtual channel 5 (or any other virtual channel) may be on any physical channel, it is impossible for a digital tuner to work properly without a full spectrum automatic scan or manual programming of physical channel allocations. Unfortunately, limitations like these (and ATSC’s problematic handling of the Doppler Effect) make mobile ATSC installations next to impossible with the current generation of technology.

      • HogwartsAlum says:

        @valen:

        Tha’s crazy talk! :O

        I guess the satellite company will do it for me then. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it!

  36. Wubbytoes says:

    in Oklahoma City, OK the stations turned digital today. Finally the stupid commercials and banners on the screen can stop.

  37. nubi78 says:

    Transition? What do you mean? I don’t get it.. They are going to shut down the analog TV or something? What do you mean today but now June 12?

  38. Paladin_11 says:

    Let’s see, I heard the coupon program was going to run out of money at the end of December. So I ordered a coupon online on December 30th. I received the coupon on January 28th. I finally purchased a converter box yesterday.

    One observation. You are responsible for paying the tax on the full price of the box, not the discounted price. I didn’t mind this, I was just surprised as I don’t recall reading anything about that. The converter in question had a retail price of $54.

    The store I purchased the converter at had one brand only. The salesman said that “after the expose on ‘Good Morning America’ ” they decided they really should only sell the winner.

    I installed the converter box last night using my standard VHS antenna (that’s right, not a UHF one) and it worked great. I get a much better digital signal than I ever got with analog. Not that it matters on my 13″ TV, but it was still a nice surprise. Of course, digital signals are all or nothing. I think I’ll miss the old days of straining to see through the snow of weak UHF signals.

    • dvdchris says:

      @Paladin_11: That sounds screwed up to me. I only paid tax on my part of the purchase on all the boxes I have purchased so far, and the ones that were exactly $40 I was not charged tax on.

    • scoosdad says:

      @Paladin_11: I guess I don’t get why people thought they had to wait until last night or today to hook up the converter boxes. Most if not all of the digital stations have been on the air for months, some for years, in parallel with the analog counterparts. Yesterday’s date was the shutdown of analog, not the startup of digital.

      To me, that’s the worst publicized part of the transition– that you didn’t have to wait until today to suddenly start watching the digital stations. You could have done that the day you got your box.

      One observation. You are responsible for paying the tax on the full price of the box, not the discounted price.

      Not every state taxes the full amount of the box– see this very recent Consumerist post on that subject:

      [consumerist.com]

      • scoosdad says:

        @scoosdad re: Paladin_11’s post:
        Duhh, just reread your post and realized you didn’t get the box until yesterday. Sorry bout that. But I still heard this all the time from friends or people I run into at work– “I can’t wait to hook up my box on the 17th and start getting all those digital channels!”

        When I told them you can hook it up right now and start watching them immediately, it was like I had offered to hook them up with free cable or something.

        • Paladin_11 says:

          @scoosdad: No worries. I would think the fact that I have a 13″ analog TV would tip you off to the importance I place on television. I mean I enjoy it and all but I won’t let it rule my life. These days I get much more entertainment from my computer anyway.

  39. scgirl_212 says:

    Here in San Diego things are going smoothly. My parents FINALLY got cable for the first time ever last week…after decades of analog only. The upstairs TV is still analog and now is non functional though :( Truthfully I’m going to miss messing with the antenna trying to get a clearer picture.

  40. frodolives35 says:

    I am one of those poor rural Tn. folk yep the rabbit ears do (did ) us fine. We get 3 channels in the bedroom and we have been watching digital for monthes in the bedroom. PBS comes and goes with the weather and it was nice to just switch back to analog for roadshow if the weather was killing the digital signal. The living room is another story no PBS at all in digital. I guess I will have to put up that roof antenna I bought 6 monthes ago and break out the converter box I bought monthes ago (thanks gubment man to bad you auctioned off a public resource but hey I got a coupon). My main complaint is that my 13″ tv in the bedroom the digital picture is alot smaller then the full screen analog picture I guess I might have to go up to a 19″. Is there any truth to the signal strength going up when the full conversion goes through. Also the 3 channels I get all are droping analog has of midnight tonite.

    • ribex says:

      @frodolives35: Depending upon which box you got, you should be able to switch from widescreen to cropped. At least that’s what my Zenith box allows you to do.

      Some stations are supposed to be able to boost their signal strength once they stop broadcasting in analog, but I don’t know how you could find that out other than comparing your signal between today and tomorrow.

  41. FLConsumer says:

    Now it’s time for an nice catastrophic hurricane to hit somewhere and watch everyone break out their battery-op TVs only to discover they won’t work. The last time I checked, there wasn’t a battery-op converter box available. Cable’s always the first thing to die when a storm hits.

    From my own testing, it wouldn’t necessarily work. So far it seems to require a much better antenna to get a workable signal from DTV. Yes, it uses less power on the transmitting end, but with digital’s all-or-nothing approach fringe reception doesn’t exist. Also, can’t get a decent signal when mobile. I can get audio, but no smooth video.

  42. flipnut says:

    why isn’t my TV working ? What’s this DTV box I need now ?

  43. Imee Malabonga says:

    Personally I’m fine with the DTV switch partially happening. Not that many will be affected (in retrospect) anyway. Though I do know for a fact that those who proceeded with the switch despite the delay will indeed cause a lot of confusion for the remaining non-DTV users.

    xoxo Imee

  44. anatak says:

    You guys really have no clue about this, do you?

    The coupon program worked fine, with the exception of maybe being under funded and people not using it.

    And this big ‘transition’? You do realize that there no giant switch behind the TV station with Analog on one side and Digital on the other end, that they had to flip over the other night. Many stations have been broadcasting in digital for quite some time and simply switched the analog off or turned it over to a signal telling you how to get digital.

    AP doesn’t get it either, as TV stations had to file a 30-day notice to vacate the analog signal. Since the transition date was pushed back inside of that window, these stations had no choice but to switch it off.

  45. TheJinManCan says:

    I’m in Rockford. No one cares, really. No one’s said anything, bitched about anything… they’ve been doing a really, really good job of flashing those commercials every single chance they get.

    Personally? Glad it’s done.

  46. Justifan says:

    got my coupons and boxes rather early on, no problems in the bay area with rooftop antenna. far more channels, totally crisp.

    its ridiculous to waste stations money double broadcasting for even longer because some people didn’t get a clue after over a year of in your face commercials and such. those people just can’t be helped.