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Some in Pennsylvania losing TV despite stall in digital switch

Remember that whole switch from analog to digital for TV signals? Course ya do. Well, the mid-February deadline was stalled to give consumers a better chance to prepare for the catastrophic chance at losing TV, but that doesn’t mean no one is losing out already. Although the government delayed the mandatory shutdown of analog TV […]

imagesRemember that whole switch from analog to digital for TV signals? Course ya do.
Well, the mid-February deadline was stalled to give consumers a better chance to prepare for the catastrophic chance at losing TV, but that doesn’t mean no one is losing out already.

Although the government delayed the mandatory shutdown of analog TV signals by four months to give people with older TVs more time to prepare, that’s small comfort to Diaz and other people who live in cities where some broadcasters are switching to all-digital broadcasts Tuesday, as they had originally planned.
Because it is costly to keep broadcasting analog signals, nearly 500 stations said they would make the transition Tuesday rather than June 12. The Federal Communications Commission told 123 stations they might have to reconsider, so no city loses all its analog network broadcasts, and many stations have agreed. But still there will be an odd patchwork of programming for millions of Americans who rely on analog TV signals. [Source]

And it’s happening in our ‘hood – sorta. None in Philly or our ‘burbs, but other places where folks might where Phillies hats are affected. The following:

  • Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York: WIFT-TV (PBS), WLYH-TV (CW)
  • Johnstown-Altoona-State College: WATM-TV (ABC), WWCP-TV (Fox)
  • Pittsburgh: WPGH-TV (Fox), WPMY (MyN), WQEX
  • Wilkes-Barre-Scranton: WNEP-TV (ABC), WVIA-TV (PBS), WYOU (CBS), WBRE-TV (NBC), WQMY (MyN) [Source]

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