07.26.2004 12:00 PM
APTS says DTV turnoff date could be recipe for disaster

Pulling the switch on analog television before the resolution of carriage rights and a plan to deal with analog viewers is a recipe for disaster, said John Lawson, president and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), in testimony before Congress last week.

Lawson said the nationwide shutoff would entail an enormous information campaign and the mobilization of converter box production on a wartime scale.

In comments before the House subcommittee examining a hard turnoff date, Lawson cited the experience of KCSM-TV, a public television station serving California’s Silicon Valley. Despite a thorough campaign effort, many of their over-the-air consumers, especially elderly ones, were left without service.

Given this experience, Lawson urged caution, and suggested returning the spectrum a few markets at a time.

Earlier in the year, Lawson proposed a plan where APTS stations would voluntarily give up their analog spectrum by 2007 under three conditions: guaranteed cable carriage, low-cost converter boxes and a limited trust fund to produce content.

So far, none of his conditions have been met.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 06:00 AM
Eleven FCC Scenarios for The 600 MHz Band Plan
I suspect that the estimated $44 billion of auction proceeds do not take into account the fact that some spectrum the FCC will buy cannot be resold because it must be used as guard intervals in the 600 MHz band plan.~ Charles W. Rhodes

Zazil Media Group /   Thursday 11:07 AM
NAB 2015 Preview: Dalet Spearheads the Facility of the Future
Wall Street Communications /   Thursday 07:36 PM
Digital Alert Systems 2015 NAB Show Preview

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology