DTV Stations On Air Top 1000

DTV Stations On Air Top 1000

(October 2, 2003) Washington, DC--The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that 62 stations have joined the list of television stations broadcasting in digital, bringing the total number of DTV stations on air to 1,003 in 201 markets that serve 99.17% of U.S. TV households.

"This is a milestone for local broadcasters, who have been champions of digital and high-definition television for many years," said NAB president and CEO Edward O. Fritts. "Our persistence and dedication to this transition is paying off for viewers, who now have access to free, clear digital and HDTV pictures from their local, over-the-air stations."

The momentum within the last year has pushed broadcasters to the more than 1000-station point. Since June 2002, over 580 stations have flipped the switch to digital.

Eighty percent of U.S. TV households are in markets with five or more broadcasters airing DTV, and 52% are in markets with eight or more broadcasters sending digital signals.