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421 broadcast TV stations to go all digtal on February 17

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February 16th, 2009

From Broadcasting & Cable:

The FCC released its latest DTV figures Monday, and 421 stations will terminate their analog signals as of midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Adding in the 220 stations that have already shut off their analog signals, or will on Monday, a total of 641 stations--or 36% of the country--will have made the switch by the original Feb. 17 hard date. Congress moved the date to June 12 at the urging of the then Obama transition team.

The FCC says it has sent staffers to the 72 markets with higher analog penetration where they expect the impact from tomorrow's shut-off to be the greatest. The commission has also boosted its call-center staffing for its DTV help line, 1-888-CALL-FCC, and has a new DTV reception map at http://www.dtv.gov/fixreception.html to help viewers figure out what kind of DTV reception they should be getting.  -- read the rest on broadcastingcable.com

 
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