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Senate Passes Revised DTV Delay Bill

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Heres the problem for broadcasters

by z50z50z50    Jan 30, 2009, 9:36 AM

As someone with a insiders view , the problem with delaying the Feb switchover is that:

1. A lot of broadcasters will have tower leases for their analog antenna that end on or around the Febuary cutoff date

2. A lot of broadcasters have tower crews scheduled to complete antenna change outs and or removal of analog antennas (for maximizing of the digital signal) over the next few weeks leading up to the planned febuary cutoff date. It would be hard to reschedule the limited number of these crews available.

3. Most stations are running 2 transmitter plants (one analog, one digital) with huge electric bills, it is a finacial strain they are looking forward to ending.

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