Most of my stations in the Baltimore-Lancaster-Philadelphia area (6,8,9,10,11,12,13,15,17,33,35,43,49) are staying on their current frequencies, therefore they can begin fulltime DTV broadcasts without interfering with other analog stations. It's unlikely they will wait.
Originally Posted by afiggatt
Many of those stations are likely waiting to see what the FCC rules are. ...That different coverage area may break the <0.5% interference rule with another analog station that is vacating the channel.
That rule will likely be "suspended" between 2/18 and 6/12 to allow for interference, since it will be only temporary.
WNVC-DT - they went off the air to put up a new UHF 24 antenna on top of the tower before winter hit. They expected to be able to go back on the air on February 18 when Fox owned WUTB-TV My 24 in Baltimore shut off analog.
If I was that station manager, I'd start broadcasting on DT-24 and deal with the consequences later. A station cannot remain off-the-air for 6 months and still survive, and it's not the station's fault Congresscritters made a stupid decision.