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Important DTV Update

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100-day DTV Countdown
Beginning on Monday, Nov. 10, all stations electing Option 2 of the FCC's DTV Transition consumer education rules must begin a 100-Day Countdown to the transition.


NEW Converter box update
NAB and the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) recently evaluated a total of 18 different manufacturer/brand models of commercially available digital-to-analog converter boxes, including several with the analog pass-through feature.

The boxes were evaluated on performance, ease of use and external features.

Review report

NEW Viewer Calls Q&A guide available
NAB has produced a guide to help stations answer viewer calls about the DTV transition on or after February 18, 2009.

The questions make up roughly 95 percent of all viewer calls received after the early transition to digital in Wilmington, N.C.

This two-page document will assist in answering questions from viewers following analog shut-off tests.

Download guide

November 10 satellite feed
NAB will host a press conference at 11 a.m. (EST) on November 10 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to kick off the 100-day countdown to the DTV transition.

Senior officials from the FCC, Commerce Department and other industry and consumer groups will discuss initiatives to help Americans prepare during this last critical phase of the transition and urge the public to act before the February 17, 2009 deadline.

NAB will distribute video of the event to stations via satellite at 4 p.m. that same day.

Satellite coordinates for the analog feed are below:

  • Analog Feed
  • Date: Nov. 10, 2008
  • Time: 16:00-16:30 EST
  • Satellite: Galaxy 3C (C-Band)
  • Transponder: C21
  • Location: 95 degrees West
  • Uplink Frequency: 6345 V
  • Downlink Frequency: 4120 H
  • Polarity: Horizontal
  • Audio: 6.2/6.8 - Stereo Full-Mix

For any technical problems during the feed, contact the NAB's master control room at (202) 408-3424.

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