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DTV Transition Weekend: A Look Back

June 15, 2009

The trends for cable from “DTV Transition weekend” continued into the work week with no major issues on the horizon.  A wrap-up call with our industry-wide “DTV War Room” group at mid-day today found cable engineers mopping-up a few remaining challenges with broadcast station signals in a handful of markets.  By and large, cable customers…

DTV-Day Plus 36 Hours: What We're Hearing

June 14, 2009

Reports from the FCC as well as our contacts at cable corporate and field offices indicate that the broadcasters DTV transition has been completed with a minimum of viewer disruption.  The Commission held a news conference on Saturday to say that most TV viewers weren’t affected when more than 900 full-power broadcast stations cut off…

An Update on DTV "Moving Day"

June 12, 2009

As we’ve said previously, the cable industry has spent the last few weeks gearing up for today’s culmination of the DTV transition.  And at midday Friday, the transition itself seemed relatively uneventful.  It’s an interesting day in that there’s a “rolling” transition underway, across four time zones. If you put aside time zones and look…

DTV Transition: One Week Out

June 5, 2009

When the first group of 600+ over the air stations made the transition from analog to digital broadcast in February, their transition was met with relatively few, and entirely manageable complaints. In exactly one week, the rest of the nation’s full power, OTA stations will make complete the transition, capping an effort that began many…

The DTV Transition Has Begun

February 17, 2009

In case you’ve managed to miss the news, tonight at midnight will mark the original DTV transition date, when full power over-the-air broadcast stations were supposed to shut off their analog signal and just broadcast in digital.  According to the FCC, 421 stations will do so tonight.  Since 220 stations have already made the switch,…

Cable's Plans for a National DTV Transition Call Center

January 16, 2009

There is a news story in B&C today on a letter we just sent to the Obama transition team: DTV Transition Call Center Would be Ready by Feb. 17, says NCTA. As the story notes: [President-elect Barack Obama's] transition team met with industry and government stakeholders in Washington last month to get a status report…

Big Help for Consumers Before, During and After the Broadcasters’ Digital Transition

December 16, 2008

We’ve written about the so-called “Digital Migration” on quite a few occasions (Check this post for links). Again, for the short version, there are two transition taking place right now – the digital TV transition for full-power, over-the-air television stations, and the cable industry’s efforts to transition analog channels onto digital cable tiers, in order…