Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008




Flint Journal:

You've likely heard about digital TV transition coming in February 2009. But do you know about Nov. 19, 2008? If you're a Michigan Television fan, listen up. WFUM (Channel 28) says it's soon ending its analog broadcast signal and converting early to digital television transmission. If your toddler can't get enough "Sesame Street" and you watch "NOVA" through over-the-air signals (maybe with the help of an antenna or rabbit ears) your picture could be black or snowy on WFUM's station come mid November. Here's what you need to know ... If you're one of the estimated 70,000 in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City television market who still use rabbit ears or an antenna on top of the roof to pick up an analog signal, you need a digital converter box. The converters generally cost between $45 and $80... Digital TV conversion happening now: Big Bird may be out on Flint station by November deadline (Sun, 11/2)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The FCC has denied a request from Fox affiliate WSMH-DT Fint, Mich., for another waiver of the FCC's digital signal-strength test. Satellite operators can import a similar distant DTV-station signal to viewers who cannot receive a sufficiently strong signal from their local affiliate, based on satellite-company testing of those signals. As of Oct. 31, satellite companies could test that strength, and deliver an out-of-market Fox affiliate to viewers in WSMH's market who do not get a sufficiently strong signal from that station. WSMH has already received a waiver based on the fact that it had cross-border coordination issues with Canada, and then asked for an extension. But while that extension was pending, Canada gave its approval, said the FCC. Now, WSMH says it needs to move to a new tower and clear that with Canada as well... FCC Denies Fox Affiliate Waiver for Digital Signal-Strength Test (Mon, 11/3)







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