Television: February 2008 Archives

Television: Newsmakers Feb 8, 2008

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Detroit Tigers:

For the second consecutive year, the Tigers will have all but one of their games televised in their local area between FSN Detroit, FOX national and ESPN. Though rainouts or postponements could change matters, the only game currently on the schedule that won't be on television is a Saturday afternoon contest on Aug. 2 against Tampa Bay. Because the game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET, it falls inside the FOX network's exclusive broadcast window, and they did not put that game on their broadcast schedule. FSN Detroit, featuring the broadcast team of play-by-play voice Mario Impemba and analyst Rod Allen, will air as many as 151 games this season, including at least 75 in high definition on FSN HD. Three April and May games that conflict with the Detroit Pistons or the Red Wings are slated to air on FSN Plus, an alternate channel made available through cable and satellite providers... Tigers' TV slate released- Only one game not currently scheduled for broadcast (Thu, 2/7)

 

As the deadline for cut-off of many over-the-air analog TV signals draws closer, the Community Broadcasters Association (CBA) is warning consumers to check and make sure the digital converter boxes they will be buying to keep their analog TV's functioning contain both an NTSC (analog) and ATSC (digital) tuner.

Owners of LPTV stations, TV translator stations, and Class A stations, many of which will continue operating with an analog signal past the full-power station cut-off date of February 17, 2009, are concerned that consumers may not realize the purchase of a converter box without an NTSC tuner will not be able to receiver their stations through that converter.

The CBA is considering several options — many of which could derail the DTV transition, including filing suit — to remedy what it sees as a serious flaw in the government-sponsored DTV converter box coupon program.

The association objects to the converter box design that qualifies for the $40 reimbursement coupon from the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) because it does not include an NTSC tuner.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has announced that 43 Michigan television stations are taking a rare action by simultaneously airing a 60-second consumer awareness minute on the transition to digital television. The joint airing of the consumer awareness minute will take place at 7:58-7:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

“The fact that 43 Michigan television stations have committed to airing the consumer awareness minute during this high viewership period demonstrates the commitment Michigan broadcasters have to ensuring that all Michigan citizens are aware of the digital television (DTV) transition,” said MAB President and CEO Karole White.

Under federal mandate, most analog television broadcasting will end on February 17, 2009, and be replaced by digital television. Consumers with cable, satellite services should notice no disruptions in their services. Citizens who receive their television signals over-the-air via rabbit ears or a roof top antenna must take steps to continue to receive their favorite channels. They can: subscribe to cable or satellite services, buy a new television with a digital tuner, or install a modestly priced converter box on their current set to continue to receive a television signal.

The consumer awareness minute that will air on Wednesday, February 20 is done in the form of a television news report. The message informs viewers of the DTV transition deadline, and briefly discusses steps consumers need to take to prepare their televisions for the new digital era. The message also directs consumers to get more DTV information from a website that has been developed by the MAB, which is www.michigandtv.com.

The airing of the consumer awareness minute is part of a broader MAB Digital Day being held on Wednesday at the State Capitol in Lansing. MAB and key stakeholders will use the event to announce their year-long DTV education and assistance program to help Michigan citizens prepare for the DTV transition. The MAB news conference is scheduled as follows:

MAB DTV News Conference
Wednesday, February 20
11 a.m.
State Capitol Rotunda

 

MAB Joined by Key Stakeholders in Year Long DTV Campaign. 600,000 At-Risk Households Targeted For A Comprehensive Education and Assistance Program

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) today announced a comprehensive yearlong campaign to educate and assist Michigan citizens for the end of analog television service, which is scheduled to occur on February 17, 2009. The federal government has mandated that local full power television stations will only broadcast in the newer digital format after that date.

“The transition to digital television or DTV is the most important development in TV since the advent of color television,” said Bart Brandmiller, MAB Chairman of the Board and Director of Sales for Clear Channel West Michigan.

“MAB and all of our local broadcasters in Michigan want to ensure that every Michigan citizen is informed about the digital transition, and will be equipped to receive a digital signal by this time next year,” said Diane Kniowski, MAB Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect and President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.

Michigan broadcasters are particularly concerned about an estimated 600,000 households in the state that do not have cable or satellite, and only receive their television services over-the-air. Many of the citizens in those households are low income, elderly, rural and disadvantaged, and risk not having any television service at all after February 17, 2009.

MAB announced a comprehensive education and assistance plan to inform and assist the at-risk population in the state. Part of that strategy involves the help of a diverse group of key stakeholders who have committed to distributing DTV information to their constituents and identifying individuals who are particularly vulnerable.

 

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