DTV Transition Test Bed
Reports say the DTV tire-kick will get underway Sept. 8 in the city, which is Martin's home state and, according to Nielsen numbers, the nation's 135th-largest TV market. (See Martin Comes Home.)
Regulators and the area TV stations will soon find out how well those special digital-to-analog converter boxes work and help determine whether there are in fact "serious gaps" in over-the-air DTV reception, as some recent studies suggest. (See DTV Coupon Clippers and DTV Transition’s ‘Major Glitch’.)
And, according to Broadcasting & Cable, the ever-opportunistic EchoStar Corp. (Nasdaq: SATS) says its D-to-A box will be ready to go and available for the Wilmington trial.
A scary thought: If the tests reveal some big problems, is there enough time between now and next February to fix them for those millions of consumers who still rely on over-the-air TV signals?
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News