Twenty-one more stations signed on with a digital signal last week, bringing the total of stations on-the-air to 601. Several NAB executives and other industry supporters stated earlier in the year that most stations would be on-the-air by the end of 2002, but with less than one month left, that number falls short of the approximately 1,288 who were supposed to be on-the-air by May 1 of this year.
The NAB said local broadcasters are delivering five or more digital television signals to 62 percent of all U.S. television households while 93.76 percent live in markets where there is at least one station broadcasting in digital (or 163 designated market areas). Whether consumers with an outdoor antenna can actually receive those channels varies from market to market.
Five of the new stations are the first in its respective markets with DTV signals. New DTV stations include: KTYO-TV El Paso, Tex.; WTAJ-TV Johnstown, Penn.; WYTV-TV Youngstown, Ohio; KJZZ-TV Salt Lake City, Utah; KOAM-TV Pittsburg, Kan.; KVVU-TV Las Vegas, Nev.; WSYT-TV Syracuse, N.Y.; WUNM-TV Greenville, N.C.; KABB-TV San Antonio, Tex.; KRRT-TV San Antonio, Tex.; WBFS-TV Miami, Fla.; WUPL-TV New Orleans, La.; WROC-TV Rochester, N.Y.; WWAC-TV Atlantic City, N.J.; KWCH-TV Wichita, Kan.; WTVX-TV Ft. Pierce, Fla.; WTEV-TV Jacksonville, Fla.; WAWS-TV Jacksonville, Fla.; WNDS-TV Boston, Mass.; WDHN-TV Dothan, Ala.; WWTO-TV Chicago, Ill.
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