TV Stations still planning for the Digital Transition on Feb. 17th, 2009

Although the digital transition has been postponed by Congress, television stations have been given the option to shut off their analog signals any time before 6-12-09.  With millions of consumers still on a waiting list for DTV coupons,  491 television have asked the FCC for permission to transition to digital only broadcast signals on 2-17-2009.  That’s less than 5 days away.

The FCC website has given permission to all but 123 TV stations to make the transition on 2-17-2009 citing the following reason:

…the primary concern of the Commission is to ensure that viewers relying on over-the-air television do not lose access to local news, public affairs and emergency information before they are ready for the full power television transition to all-digital television service.

How do I know which stations are still switching to DTV on February 17th, 2009?

You can reference the FCC’s list of 491 stations intending to transition on February 17th, 2009:

FCC List: Part A
FCC List: Part B

For a list of the 123 stations who must meet additional  guidlines requested by the  FCC before they proceed with their digital transition on February 17th, 2009:

FCC List: Click Here

These Lists are too confusing, how else can I tell if I need to upgrade my television before June 12th, 2009?

A simple Google search using your city name, state name, and channel number (or channel affiliate call sign, ie: ABC, NBC, or Fox) will provide you with links to the respective websites broadcasting television signals in your area.

Stations like KSPR – ABC in Springfield, MO are providing viewers with a “Countdown to Digital Television” timer and information about their plans to transition to DTV on February 17th, 2009.

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