Denver, CO - In connection with the nationwide transition to digital television, KUSA-TV and KTVD-TV, Denver, Colorado, intends to permanently cease analog television service at 12:01am on April 16, 2009, a date earlier than the nation's new June 12, 2009 DTV transition date, subject to FCC approval. No analog signal will be broadcast beginning April 16, 2009 and KUSA-TV and KTVD-TV will finally be able to increase their digital operations to the full-power digital signal that has been authorized for the benefit of Denver viewers.
"9NEWS has led the market with our educational outreach, intensive promotion and frequent news segments on-air and on-line about digital TV," said 9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta. "A little more than a year and a half ago, 9NEWS took the lead in educating the people of Denver. Research has shown, largely as a result of these efforts, the people of Denver are ready. They're informed about digital TV, they're knowledgeable about the benefits of this transition, and they're eager to get it done."
9NEWS has been broadcasting on KUSA-TV and KTVD-TV simultaneously in both full-power analog and low-power digital since 2002. As more viewers adopted the new technology, connecting new converter boxes, or using new digital television sets, the low-power digital signal of 9NEWS on KUSA and some other local broadcasters were too weak to be received. The complete transition to a full-powered digital signal will ensure 9NEWS viewers of the crystal clear picture and crisp audio promised by digital television.
Viewers watching KUSA or KTVD on an analog TV with rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna can continue to receive the stations by using a digital-to-analog converter box, subscribing to cable or satellite service, or buying a TV with a digital tuner. Digital-to-analog converter boxes are available at many area consumer electronics stores. In addition, viewers currently watching KUSA's digital signal using a digital-to-analog converter box or a DTV set will need to repeat the channel scan on April 16, 2009. To register comments, or for more information concerning the DTV transition, converter boxes, and how to continue to receive the stations, go to 9NEWS.com/DTV, call 9NEWS at 303-871-9999, or write to 9NEWS, 500 Speer Blvd. Denver, CO 80203.
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