UPDATE: As of 6 p.m., the National Association of Broadcasters it had heard few issues reported to TV stations nationwide — an average of 121 calls and a median of 40 calls per station. Biggest issues were rescanning converter boxes and antennas.
I didn’t really want to come to work today to face dozens, possibly hundreds of phone messages from readers who weren’t quite prepared for today’s switch to digital television broadcasts.
But I guess everybody did their jobs. I had just one phone call this morning and a few e-mails and comments. The call was from a guy who decided to finally hook up his converter box bought last year. He called his local Best Buy to take advantage of the retailer’s FREE in-home installation by Geek Squad and was told he had to buy the box within the past 30 days. (Not true, by the way, the free service, which is funded by the government, will install any box purchased at any time from any store.)
While TV stations nationwide have been transitioning all day, many Orange County and Los Angeles stations are actually going to start tonight, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Here’s the list from the National Association of Broadcasters:
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KAZA-TV AVALON
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KBEH OXNARD
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KCOP-TV LOS ANGELES
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KFTR-TV ONTARIO
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KMEX-TV LOS ANGELES
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KOCE-TV HUNTINGTON BEACH
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KRCA RIVERSIDE
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KTBN-TV SANTA ANA
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KTLA LOS ANGELES
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KTTV LOS ANGELES
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KVEA CORONA
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KWHY-TV LOS ANGELES
- EV=6pm-12am LOS ANGELES KXLA RANCHO PALOS VERDES
The NAB has been tracking TV stations’ reports all day and really, there have been few issues. Local stations that went digital today had an average of 130 calls per station, as of 1 p.m. The most calls happened in Houston, Texsas, where stations received 675 calls, mostly about rescanning.
KVCR, the PBS affiliate in the Inland Empire, transitionied at 5:30 a.m. and reported just seven calls as of 2:30 p.m.
Yes, many, many millions of dollars were spent to make today a, pretty much, non-event for most consumers and, thankfully, me.
More digital TV transition news:
Check out the Gadgetress Guide to the Digital TV transition.