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Low-power TV plans for DTV transition

August 30th, 2007

Smaller, lower-profile broadcasters are preparing for their digital TV transition, too, although the FCC has yet to declare an analog shutdown date for low-power television (LPTV) stations and translators. “DTV—It’s Our Turn!” is the theme for the Fall Show of the Community Broadcasters Association (CBA), which represents Class A and LPTV stations.

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein is a confirmed speaker, according to CBA Executive Director Amy Brown. Also on hand will be Larry A. Dyer of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA); Dan Rumelt of the FCC’s Consumer Affairs Office; Hossein Hashemzadeh of the FCC Low Power Branch; National Translator Association (NTA) President Byron St. Clair; former Rep. Ron Klink (D-Pa.), lobbyist for the CBA; and DTV engineering consultant Gary Sgrignoli.

Anyone wanting the smoothest possible switchover to digital TV would have hoped for one national deadline from federal regulators. The FCC has preferred to first resolve channel elections for full-power stations, among other issues, before setting an analog cutoff date for LPTV. Analog TV broadcasts on the nation’s most-viewed stations go black on February 17, 2009. The CBA does not expect the commission to choose the same date for its members’ conversion, judging from the convention announcement on its DTVNow.org website:

FCC representatives will be on hand to further explain the rules for our DTV transition, which extends well beyond the 2009 full-power deadline.

The CBA convention in Las Vegas runs from October 28-30.

Earlier:
LPTV an afterthought in the DTV transition

• Link: CBA

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