Sunday, February 17, 2008

One Year To Go (For Now, Anyway).

Today (what's left of it) marks the one-year marker for the coming digital transition - unless something changes. Time to start on the latest monthly update. Hopefully the holiday will kickstart the process and you won't have to wait quite as long as last time. Lots more info on public awareness of what's coming, plus the government's response to the evolving situation (including the FCC's response to a study pointing to a potential problem that hasn't received much attention to date). In less directly transition-related news, we cover what appears to be the end of the nextgen-DVD format war. I'll try to make it worth the wait!


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous jimBOB said...

Just to follow up on the question of when the PBS NewsHour, I've been exchanging email with the PR manager at my local PBS affiliate, KETC. I'd been asking why the NewsHour doesn't get simulcast on the PBS HD channel. She was surprised to hear that it isn't (???) but didn't know what the rationale was for not having it there. I told her I realized that the decisions on what appears on PBS HD aren't made locally, but asked if she could pass on up to PBS national that I at least was bewildered about why PBS would go to the trouble of producing the NewsHour in HD but then refuse to use its existing HD distribution setup to broadcast it (resulting in many stations simply not carrying the NewsHour in HD). I then got this email from someone at PBS national:

As of May 5, 2008 PBS will add a weeknightly 1900 (ET) HD play of THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER on the PBS HD Channel (DT2A) schedule.
We’re making the change to help stations that don’t yet have full capabilities to switch, automate, and time-shift to air the NEWSHOUR in HD.
An announcement about the NewsHour update will come out soon.

-Mimi Getachew
Program Scheduling


At 12:37 PM, Anonymous jimBOB said...

Oh, also I'm seeing the first converter boxes showing up at local retailers. Best Buy is carrying their Insignia branded version of the LG box, which Radio Shack sells under the Zenith name. Both are selling it for $60, meaning it'll cost $20 with the government coupon.

No word yet on some of the other boxes, especially the EchoStar TR40, which is supposed to sell for $39.99, i.e. free once you apply the coupon.


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