Sunset for NTSC
Submitted by StephenK on June 12, 2009 - 10:06pm
The sunset of analog television will be coming soon. Only full-power stations are affected by this, though. The Las Vegas Valley has a number of low power television stations that will continue analog broadcasts. KTUD is one of them: KVVU is the designated analog night light station. This is the station that will stay on the air with an analog signal for a period designated by the FCC to ensure nobody is left behind. The night light station goes off the air on June 26th here. Here is an example I caught of their analog signal earlier within the apartment complex: KVVU's digital signal was able to pierce the walls better: Of course, subsidiary program streams like this are a key benefit of the switch from NTSC to ATSC for over the air television transmission: With luck, the DTV transition tonight should go quite smoothly. Only time will tell. ATSC is an outdated standard nowadays that the implementation of which was delayed multiple times. For those with cable television or satellite television service, this should not impact you at all. The screen captures above were created using an elgato EyeTV Hybrid. The USB stick is a rather good television receiver.
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