The Digital Transition -- It's Kind of a Big Deal

Written by Holly on Wednesday June 10, 2009

Remember when analog TV was scheduled to end on February 17, 2009? We had meeting after meeting preparing for that deadline. And then the FCC changed it to June 12th (tomorrow!). But OETA had already put so much money and momentum into a February transition that we went ahead and turned off the analog transmitter at 1pm on February 17th. (I watched it happen from a hospital room with a brand new baby in my arms.) dtv_tvimage-national-english

Fortunately, many stations in Oklahoma City have already made the switch. And that's part of the reason that Oklahoma City is the most prepared city in the nation for the transition. However, out of the 56 Nielsen markets studied, Tulsa ranks as #48 in preparedness with almost 22,000 homes completely unready for the transition.

Regardless of your location, if you wake up on Saturday morning and you're missing some channels on your dial - rescan! Tell your converter box or digital television to scan for more television stations. And if you're still missing some channels, then perhaps you live beyond where the digital signal can reach. Sadly, the digital signals just don't go as far as the analog ones did.

For those of you watching OETA from one of our 14 translators in the rural parts of Oklahoma, you will most likely continue to receive an analog signal until September 2009. More information on getting prepared can be found here.

OETA_OKLA_2_copyWhile we're talking DTV, let me give a shout out for the OETA Okla channel. If you watch OETA's digital signal over-the-air, OETA Okla is in the "point-two" designation (i.e. 13.2). Or if you have Cox Digital Cable, it's on channel 112. There are some smaller cable companies that are starting to pick up OETA Okla as well. We hope the whole state will see it soon.

OETA Okla has children's programming on the weekend mornings, a 24-hour delay of PBS's primetime schedule and all the programming about Oklahoma that you could want, plus a plethora of news and public affairs programming that just wouldn't fit on our main channel. It's like having two OETAs. Come to think of it, that's exactly what it is.