UPDATED: February 17th? June 12th? Either Way It Won't Be Easy

By: Chris Mossman
By: Chris Mossman

It's been the plan to shut down the analog signal on February 17th. Will pushing it back to June make a difference? Either way, there will be people who will scramble to get converter boxes the day after the signals are shut down.

The Digital Transition Date was set back in December 2005. Lawmakers figured that a date of February 17th, 2009 would give everyone plenty of time to prepare for the transition to shut down the analog signals. My thoughts then were the same as they are now…..It doesn’t matter when you do it, it won’t be easy and there will be people that aren’t ready.

At WITN we prepared for the transition. We invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring High Definition Television to the viewers in Eastern North Carolina. We’ve been paying twice the power bill for years. Let’s be realistic, times are challenging and we’re ready to shut down our old, faithful analog transmitters. They served us well and we hope they served you well.

Between WITN, WNCT, WCTI and WFXI/WYDO, we’ve invested millions of dollars in commercial airtime to let folks in eastern North Carolina know that the digital transition is coming and that they need to get ready because we’ll be shutting the analog transmitters down on February 17th. We have now made the decision that we will delay the shutdown until June 12th as will UNC-TV and our commercial competitors. The politician’s last ditch effort to push the date must have been very confusing for the general public. It wasn't easy for us on the station side.

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  • by Val Location: New Bern on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    It doesn't matter when it happens some peope won't do anything until they are forced to. Go ahead and make the change and see how many go without tv. Some how they will find a way to get a converter box but not until they are forced to do it.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 8, 2009 at 03:17 AM
    You mean the media can choose what date they can change without government interference. You mean all these other businesses that have to do things that the government tells them to do that has no benefit but cost money, they don't have to do either.
  • by Mary Location: Plymouth on Feb 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    If my 92 year old aunt can get a converter box, then no one has an excuse. There should not be another delay!!! Wasn't the first date supposed to be December 2007?
  • by anonymous on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:44 PM
    Go ahead and turn off the analog juice already!! I'm sick & tired of seeing/hearing.etc these incessant DTV ads that won't likely affect the good majority of viewers anyway (including me, as I have cable), but to those "Neanderthals" that still rely upon an aerial for OTA reception well it's time for you to get it in high gear! WITN and many other stations aren't wanting to burn up even more precious money and electrons for 4 months just 'cause you're too shiftless and waiting for a free gov't bailout, handout, whatever. GET IT ON!!
  • by techie on Feb 6, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    Go for it. If people aren't ready now they probably won't be ready in June either. I'm tired of seeing the hype anyway.

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