Tuesday Is DTV Day in Boston

It's the most comprehensive day of test shut-offs yet, say the broadcasters.

Boston TV broadcasters have banded together for one of the most aggressive market-wide DTV-education events yet, tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 9).

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association is calling the day “the most comprehensive, informational, and far-reaching readiness test in the country.”

From 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., all media outlets will provide the same DTV readiness information in English and/or in Spanish on crawls airing on all stations. In a move beyond previous tests, the crawls will direct viewers to WGBH-TV (PBS), to check if their sets are ready.

WGBH will repeatedly run a 30-minute program, “Get Ready for Digital TV,” featuring “This Old House” hosts Norm Abram and Kevin O'Connor visiting Boston-area homes and giving hands-on guidance for checking TV sets for digital readiness. The program will be in English and Spanish.

(Viewers whose sets are digital ready will see WGBH-TV's regular program line-up.)

Also, all the over-the-air outlets will conduct three, 2-minute “Virtual Shutdown” readiness tests, at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 5:15 p.m.

The event follows a busy week in analog shut-offs, in which the New York, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and Hartford markets all interrupted programming for DTV messages.

Participating facilities in the Boston market are:

WBZ-TV (CBS) WUNI-TV (Univision)
WBPX-TV (ION Media Networks) WUTF-TV (Telefutura)
WDPX-TV (ION Media Networks) Beld Broadband
WFXT-TV (FOX) Charter Communications
WGBH-TV (PBS) Comcast
WGBX-TV (PBS) Duncan Cable
WHDH-TV (NBC) MetroCast
WMFP-TV (MTBI) Southern VT Cable
WNEU-TV (Telemundo) TDS Cable
WPXG-TV (ION Media Networks) Time Warner
WSBK-TV (IND) Verizon