EPS (justeps) wrote,
EPS
justeps

Put me down for an "I told you so"

Well, the "original" DTV transition date is upon us, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, three stations (KCNS, KICU, and KOFY) have decided to turn off their analog signals in advance of the revised June 12 deadline. I predict they're going to get hammered in the next two Nielsen sweeps periods, and their advertising rates (and revenues) will suffer accordingly.

I've had my first converter box (a Dish Network DTVPal Plus) for a week and a half now. I'll write more about that later, but first I want to note how digital stacks up against analog so far.

Improved Reception

KRON-TV 4 / KRON-DT 57 [San Francisco]
KPIX-TV 5 / KPIX-DT 29 [San Francisco]
KBCW-TV 44 / KBCW-DT 45 [San Francisco]
KCSM-TV 60 / KCSM-DT 43 [San Mateo]

Comparable Reception

KTVU-TV 2 / KTVU-DT 56 [Oakland]
KQED-TV 9 / KQED-DT 30 [San Francisco]
KNTV-TV 11 / KNTV-DT 12 [San Jose]
KOFY-TV 20 / KOFY-DT 19 [San Francisco]
KTSF-TV 26 / KTSF-DT 27 [San Francisco]
KMTP-TV 32 / KMTP-DT 33 [San Francisco]
KCNS-TV 38 / KCNS-DT 39 [San Francisco]
KTEH-TV 54 / KTEH-DT 50 [San Jose]
KKPX-TV 65 / KKPX-DT 41 [San Jose]
KFSF-TV 66 / KFSF-DT 34 [Vallejo]

Degraded Reception

KGO-TV 7 / KGO-DT 24 [San Francisco]
KDTV-TV 14 / KDTV-DT 51 [San Francisco]
KICU-TV 36 / KICU-DT 52 [San Jose]
KSTS-TV 48 / KSTS-DT 49 [San Jose]

Lost Entirely

KTNC-TV 42 / KTNC-DT 63 [Concord]
KTFK-TV 64 / KTFK-DT 62 [Stockton]
KTLN-TV 68 / KTLN-DT 47 [Novato]

Analog-only

KAXT-CA 22 [Santa Clara]
KFTL-CA 28 [San Francisco]
KMMC-LP 40 [San Francisco] (plans to flash-cut to LD 40)

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