[opendtv] FCC on Analog Nightlight Act

  • From: Albert Manfredi <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:06:18 -0500

Congress introduced this act to allow analog TV broadcasting of certain type of 
information to continue for one month after analog shutoff. Of course, within a 
list of constraints, that result in only one station being able to do this in 
certain major markets, like NYC, Wash DC, Phila, Balt, Pittsburgh. And it looks 
like 74 DMAs won't get any analog nightlight opportunity at all.
In addition to emergency info, they can transmit instructions for achieving 
digital reception. Surprise. Even antenna information is among the suggested 
2. Transition Information

28. With respect to the digital television transition, we tentatively conclude 
that stations airing a nightlight signal may broadcast any information that is 
relevant to informing viewers about the transition and how they can continue to 
obtain television service. Examples of the kind of information a station may 
want to air include, but are not limited to: general information about the 
transition; information about how viewers can receive digital signals; 
information about the circumstances related to the DTV transition in the 
station’s market; answers to commonly asked questions and other useful 
information (e.g., how to re-position an antenna or install a converter box); 
Seems kinda "after the fact." I suppose, better late then never.
Cable carriage must not be mandated by the FCC. And, stations now on Ch 52-69 
cannot be used for this.
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