Originally Posted by xraffle
Well excuse me. All over the news, they all said midnight. Even when I was watching the news on NBC today, the reporter said, "midnight tonight, we will go all digital." So, pardon me for being such an annoying brat for asking such a question.
The analog shutdown deadline is 11:59:59 PM on June 12 or midnight Friday night. But most stations appear to be shutting down in the middle of the day which is a more reasonable time.
I want to say that the original date (not counting the never solidly set December, 2006 date) of February 17 - a Tuesday in the middle of winter - was a poorly selected and lousy date for the transition. February 17 was better than the proposed January 1 date, but it was picked with no consideration given to people having to adjust or replace their outdoor antenna and to the TV stations facing tower work in the middle of winter. Despite the confusion and partial shutdown of the last minute delay, having a final shutdown day on Friday gives people the weekend to tweak their antenna setup or get converter boxes. Not as convenient for the station engineers who will have to man the phones through the weekend, but they are getting paid for it. June has warmer weather and more hours of daylight for outdoor rooftop or tower work.
I was not crazy about the last minute delay and the chaos it brought, but the final shutdown date should have been set to a Friday in June or July all along. Oh well, despite all the gnashing of teeth, public complaints, and confusion, it will now be over in less than 24 hours as I write this.
Well, except for the nightlight stations, the low power analog stations and translators, the stations who won't have final/full digital coverage for months because of antenna or tower work, the hue & cry and the OTA viewers who find they need to upgrade their antennas. Except for that, it will be over.