As most people have heard, the FCC has mandated a change from analog to digital television broadcast service. The change has been in the works for several years, but will become final on February 17, 2009.
The first phase was for all TV broadcast stations in the United States to construct digital transmitter facilities. The new facilities are now operational and working alongside the existing analog transmitters.
In February, all stations have been mandated to shut down their analog transmitters and broadcast just digital signals.
Only people who receive their TV signal from an antenna will be affected by the upcoming change. If you get your TV service from a cable company or satellite service, the change has already been made and nothing need be done on your part.
If however, you receive your TV from an antenna, your service will be completely lost. You are encouraged to not rush out and buy a digital TV or “converter” box because they won’t help.
The new digital TV transmitters operate in a different frequency band than the old analog transmitters. Due to this change, Star Valley community translators will not be able to receive the new digital signals to feed into the translators. The digital signals sent from TV stations will not be able to reach the translators, because they don’t travel as far as analog signals.
So basically, those of you who get your TV from an antenna, you’re just plain out of luck come February 17.