[opendtv] Re: New transition web site

  • From: Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:50:24 -0500

John Willkie wrote:

Kind of a stretch to say that the transition needs to be delayed because of a lack of tower crews for redundant transmitters and antennae.

There have been about 10 years to install the gear. The real crunch was with the first phase.

It's true that all commercial stations were to have begun DTT transmissions no later than May 1, 2002 and even non-commercial stations by the following year, but there is a large number of stations on out-of-core assignments (WCBS-DT in New York, for example, is on channel 56), and there is a large number that will be shifting DTT to their analog channel post-transition. So there is substantial RF work that cannot take place until the transition. The idea of this being a problem due to limited crews is not unique to broadcasters. Harris made a big point of it at their pre-NAB press conference last month.


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