Some of those closest to the actual work involved with the analog shutoff are dreading the cascade of complications that a delay would cause.
For some in the TV business, Jan. 20, 2009, will be the day they’ve been working toward their entire careers.
They say the spectrum isn’t just sitting around waiting for full-power DTV stations to take it over.
But some of the coupon money is coming back around as funds tied to expired, unredeemed coupons become available again.
That’s a shift from previous NTIA statements that the program had enough money appropriated to satisfy the demand.
The judge rejected the claim by CNN that it needed a new workforce around 2004 because of its transition to a digital workflow.
KTVH in Helena, Mont., completed its digital transition at noon Nov. 10, shutting off its analog transmitter and going all-digital.
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