12.31.2008 09:30 AM
Broadcasters Urged to Inform Viewers of Potential Reception Problems
At the FCC's year-end conference call meeting this week, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein discussed his concerns about the status of the DTV transition, now less than 50 days away.

Adelstein called in from Phoenix, where he's been holding meetings with local broadcasters and government officials about February's transition. Although constructive, Adelstein said the meetings gave him cause for concern about local preparations for the full power analog switch off.

"I'm afraid the DTV transition isn't ready for prime time yet," he said. "I'm afraid it's going to be messy."

Adelstein said the recent coverage maps released by the commission were "very helpful," and urged broadcasters to inform their viewers about potential reception problems before the transition takes effect Feb. 18.

"I'm glad that we got our maps out," Adelstein said. "I hope they will be widely advertised the broadcasters themselves. It may be, in some cases, unpleasant news to inform their viewers that they will lose service with this, but they're going to find out and there's no point in hiding that ball given the fact that when they find out, they're going to wonder what happened. If they're not informed upfront, it's going to be a much more difficult situation come Feb. 18."

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 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

Zazil Media Group /   Thursday 11:51 AM
Orad Presents 3D Pre-Visualization at NAB Booth SL6317
Wall Street Communications /   Thursday 03:53 PM
Digigram Marks 30 Years of Innovation With Launch of New Visual Identity

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology