no, you shouldn't have said that, either. The lptv/tv translator transition began over two years ago, with an unspecified - at this point - end date. Hundreds of cps have already been granted forcompanion channels. John Willkie ----- Original Message ----- From: Richard Hollandsworth To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 1:22 PM Subject: [opendtv] Re: CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA Reception in Cable Boxes I should have said when most of the approx. 2,128, Analog Low Power and 4,737 Translator stations can BEGIN the DTV transition in Feb2009 as channels freqs become available: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-220A1.pdf Obviously, it's impossible to "flash-cut" all of them to DTV all at once, as is discussed in the above. [Not enough transmitter/tower crews.....] And note that it clearly states that ALL of these stations must transition to DTV....although the end date is T.B.D. BTW: FCC is (was?) accepting applications to either simulcast or "flash-cut" to DTV: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-2546A1.pdf So they could still TRY to obtain a license now, subject to the usual interference constraints.... holl_ands ========================================= Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Bob Miller wrote: > There is no requirement for LP stations to transition to DTV in 2009. > > Bob Miller > Ha! Then if I was running an LP station I'd wait until after 2/09 and try to pick up some extra equipment for fire sale prices after the broadcasters have less use for the redundancy. - Tom > On 3/9/07, Richard Hollandsworth wrote: > >> Whereas with NTSC, only one program could be carried >>per channel, >> ATSC can support as many as five or six. >> This significantly changes the economic equation, >>making it easier for niche programs to lease bits, rather >>than buying a transmitter and building a tower. >> >> Most of the LP stations have, thus far, not participated in >>the DTV transistion, probably cuz there weren't enough >>channels for double NTSC/ATSC assignments. >> >> In 2009, when Analog LP stations transition to DTV, they >>could team together to share several different >>subprograms on a single transmitter, as we already see >>in L.A. >> (KVEA-DT, KXLA-DT, KVMD-DT). >> >> Since DTV stations can be paced into nearly EVERY >>channel position across the greater metro area, that's a >>LOT of available program capacity.... >> >> Related question: what's going to happen to all of that >>expensive hardware when current Analog and duplicate >>DTV stations transition to their final configuration and >> nearly half the transmitters/towers in America become "excess"..... >> >> I'm predicting a bunch are simply shut down and an even >>bigger bunch will be upgraded to carry some of the >>current LP programs plus a bunch of new niche >>stations.... >> >> And perhaps even delivery of movies (HD-DVD, p*orn, >>whatever) via encrypted MPEG4 streams... >> >> holl_ands >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Get your own web address. Have a HUGE year through Yahoo! Small Business.