UPDATED: February 17th? June 12th? Either Way It Won't Be Easy
By: Chris Mossman
Updated: Mon 1:04 PM, Feb 09, 2009
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.