Sunset for NTSC

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:

LPTV Example

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:

Sample of the Las Vegas Analog Night Light

KVVU's digital signal was able to pierce the walls better:

DTV Example

Of course, subsidiary program streams like this are a key benefit of the switch from NTSC to ATSC for over the air television transmission:

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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 ATSC is an outdated standard nowadays that the implementation of which was delayed multiple times.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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