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Another April 15 Deadline — TV

April 15th, 2009 by admin · 5 Comments

Tonight, for all you TV watchers tuning in with rabbit ears, is your last night to enjoy the fine fare on KET.

The statewide network is shutting down its analog transmitter, which means that you’ll have to have cable, satellite, or a digital converter box to see Comment on Kentucky on Friday.

Of course, this was all supposed to happen in February, but the federal government delayed the date because it didn’t feel enough citizens were ready.  Now, for the rest of the stations in the market and many in America, it will likely be June 12. The issue gets a lot of press, and plenty of notices on TV.  Lawmakers in Washington this week discussed whether or not there would be enough digital converter boxes to meet the demand.

People are getting the message. The latest stats from Neilsen indicate the number of households considered “not ready” for the switch is down to 3.2 percent. In Louisville, it’s 2.9 percent. And really, it’s for those people that local stations are spending thousands of dollars to keep their analog transmitters going.

We’ve written a lot, right here, about how local GMs like Fox41′s Bill Lamb think we should have already made the switch, reasoning that anyone who’s not ready will never be ready until the day they turn on the TV and get snow.

It would be interesting to hear, from anyone reading The Ville Voice, if you’re still not ready, and if so, why.

Tags: KET · Technology · TV

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Larry West // Apr 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I have one of those tiny TVs with the 2″ screens that is analog only. I take it with me occasionally when I am on the bus and watch it occasionally when my wife wants to watch something else. I don’t think that there is a digital converter available for it.
    I am open to suggestions on what to do as occasionally I have had to watch the Red Green Show on my tiny TV when my wife has the other TV. Starting now, I guess I won’t be able to do that anymore.

  • 2 Carter Burger // Apr 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I think you are SOL Larry. I have one of those television sets, too that I keep back in my office. I’m working on running a cable drop.

    And I have a question for Bill Lamb, have you turned off YOUR NTSC transmitter?

  • 3 Justme // Apr 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Across the commonwealth, 1.5 Megawatts of electricity are no longer needed.

  • 4 Lucy // Apr 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t even have a television set so I don’t worry about (or pay for) cable, satellite or converter boxes. What does worry me though is why the government decided we needed to deprive some folks of their broadcast entertainment.

  • 5 Sean // Apr 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Because Lucy, it’s called “progress”. Efficient technical use of the airwaves and power. And, in theory, people will have a better quality signal.

    As for whether or not the “government decided we needed to deprive some folks of their broadcast entertainment”, the government has spent a great deal of money giving out coupons to cover 80-95% of the cost necessary to upgrade their existing televisions to receive their “broadcast entertainment.” In fact, they’ve spent even more money creating TV commercials and education campaigns to get the information out.

    Television isn’t a “right”. We don’t pay a usage tax for it as they do in Britain, nor do we pay a universal service fee as we do for our phones. If someone is unable to receive the freely broadcast TV signal, it’s not the government’s problem. It IS the government’s problem, to continue to manage the public’s airwaves in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

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