Another 158 Stations Shut Off Analog Signals Early

About half of the country's TV stations have ended analog broadcasting early.

Steve Crowe · March 19, 2009

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says an additional 158 TV stations will terminate analog signals before the June 12 deadline.

Tack on these 158 stations to the 641 stations that ended analog broadcasting prior to the original DTV deadline of Feb. 17, and just about half of the country’s TV stations have already made the switch.

This may be more supporting evidence for those who think the DTV Delay Bill is confusing, unnecessary, and may end up costing millions of dollars to continue educating the public.

The 158 stations make up about 15 percent of stations still using analog signals. According to the FCC, most of the stations don’t broadcast to the four major markets. The NBC and ABC stations in Denver are the exceptions, planning to shut down on April 16.

Congress delayed the DTV transition because it thought too many Americans were unprepared.

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