Thursday, February 19, 2009

Few report hitches as digital TV switch begins

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The digital transition has begun in earnest, and early reports suggest a relatively modest level of disruption for television viewers.

The National Association of Broadcasters said stations are averaging 50 to 200 calls from viewers with questions about the switchover from analog transmission, while the Federal Communications Commission has received 28,000 phone calls from viewers.

That's with one-third of TV stations having switched to digital signals. The NAB said 421 stations flipped the switch Tuesday, joining 220 local affiliates that had already made the change in advance of the June 12 deadline for compliance. Most of the calls, the NAB said, were questions about converter boxes and rescanning issues.

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