Originally Posted by foxeng
The current FCC rules require stations to identify as their analog channel number, even after the transition. This is to keep public confusion to a minimum. (snip)
I can see where this is supposed to work, but we have a situation here in the San Francisco Bay Area where it could get really confusing. Take a look at what we've got coming up:
KTVU is now on analog 2, digital 56, and will be moving to digital 44.
KBCW is now on analog 44, digital 45, and will be staying on 45.
After the transition KBCW will be iding as 44, while KTVU will be on 44 iding as 2.
KRON is on analog 4, digital 57, and will be moving to digital 38.
KCNS is now on analog 38, digital 39, and will be staying on 39.
After the transition KCNS will be iding at 38, while KRON will be on 38 iding as 4.
KDTV is now on analog 14, digital 51. They're staying on 51.
KTNC is now on analog 42, digital 63, and will be moving to channel 14.
KDTV will be iding as 14, while KTNC on 14 will be iding as 42.
KMTP is now on analog 32, digital 33. They're staying on 33.
KFTY is now on analog 50, digital 54. They're moving to 32.
KMTP will be iding as 32, while KFTY on 32 will be iding at 50.
Sounds like the old "Who's on first?" I think this will be a lot more confusing then letting the stations use their actual channel number. Hopefully, the FCC will change their tune after the transition, so that stations can ID as they wish.