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T-7: DTV Transition Ends in One Week

WASHINGTON: The end of analog broadcast TV is nigh. One week remains before television stations that continue broadcasting in analog will shut down those transmitters one final time. A total of 974 full-power TV stations will end analog broadcasts on Friday, June 12. The National Association of Broadcasters issued a summary of timeframes for the transition to digital transmissions:

175 will switch between midnight and 6 a.m.;
200 will switch between 6 a.m. and noon;
152 will switch between noon and 6 p.m.
447 will switch between 6 p.m. and midnight

A total of 784 stations have already switched to digital, and six more intending to do so by June 11. Around 600 stations will move to a new channel assignment, with heavy migration from the VHF to the UHF band. Based on the current channel plan comprising 1,786 TV stations, the VHF/UHF split is 40/60 in analog. It will be 27/73 when stations go all-digital.

Stations in the top 10 designated market areas will shut down at various times next Friday. The NAB provided a summary of that data, reflecting the ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision, CW, Telemundo and MyNetworkTV affiliates in those markets. Dallas-Ft.Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C., have the most diverse shut-off schedules.

EM = midnight – 6 a.m.
AM = 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
PM = noon – 6 p.m.
EV = 6 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

New York
PM: 2 stations
EV: 5 stations

Los Angeles
AM: 1 station (NBC)
PM: 1 station
EV: 5 stations

Chicago
PM: 3 stations
EV: 4 stations

Philadelphia
PM: 2 stations
EV: 4 stations

Dallas/Ft Worth

EM: 1 station (ABC)
AM: 1 station
PM: 1 station
EV: 4 stations

San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
PM: 3 stations
EV: 4 stations

Boston/Manchester
PM: 2 stations
EV: 3 stations

Atlanta
PM: 4 stations
EV: 2 stations

Washington, D.C.
AM: 2 stations (CBS, ABC)
PM: 4 stations
EV: 1 station

Houston
EM: 1 station (CBS)
AM: 3 stations
PM: 1 station
EV: 2 stations