The FCC issued a Public Notice today with all of the information regarding the digital transition delay. The full text of the FCC Public Notice is at:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...FCC-09-6A1.pdf
but here's a brief digest of it:
1 - Stations that wish to terminate their analog signal transmission on February 17, are required to provide notice to the Commission and their viewers. Stations must notify the FCC no later than Monday, February 9, (11:59 p.m. EST).
2 - Stations that have already notified the Commission about their intention to terminate on February 17 must again notify the Commission confirming their intent to terminate on that date.
3 - The Commission reserves the right to limit or reconsider this partial waiver in the event that it determines that analog termination on February 17 by a station or group of stations is contrary to the public interest. In such event, the Commission will promptly notify the affected station or stations.
4 - Stations terminating on February 17 are required to broadcast a crawl on their analog channel regarding the station’s termination of analog service for the seven day period from February 10 (11:59 p.m. EST) through the termination of the station’s analog signal on February 17 (11:59 p.m. EST). (Gives details.)
5 - Stations that terminate their analog service prior to the June 12 transition date, may only operate their digital facility that is approved for pre-transition service. Stations that want to begin operating with their post-transition digital facility must file a request for digital Special Temporary Authority (STA) to seek Commission approval. (That means that they can't increase power or change to their new channel without FCC OK.)
6 - Stations that have previously terminated analog service may request permission to resume analog broadcasting. They must file a request for an STA.
7 - Stations that previously notified the Commission that they intend to terminate their analog service on February 16 or earlier, and have not yet done so, must confirm whether they intend to terminate their analog signal prior to February 17 or if they intend to remain on the air with regular programming on their analog channel beyond February 17. These notifications must be submitted no later than Monday, February 9.
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ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and Telemundo have already stated that they'll keep their analog Owned and Operated stations on the air until June 12. That includes KGO 7, KPIX 5, KNTV 11 and KSTS 48 here. (KTVU is not owned by Fox.)
From what I can see, there will be few, if any, changes in this area, and things will remain as they are until June 12th. If any stations around here do announce that they'll be signing off their analog station on February 17th, I'll note it in the Digital Station Lists I maintain. Previously KRON, KOFY and KICU had indicated that they would be turning off their analog signals on February 17.