Kentucky Educational Television’s main channel will broadcast exclusively in HD starting Thursday, completing its digital transition.
The digital television transition was Friday morning but some analog signals are still on the air in Louisville.
About 2.4% of Louisville households are not prepared for this week’s digital TV transition.
Kentucky Educational Television will turn off its analog signals tonight at midnight. But a digital converter box may not be enough for some viewers.
On Tuesday, hundreds of stations across the country (include The CW’s channel 34 here in Louisville) turned off their analog signals, even though they weren’t required to do so.
For a story on how local stations are handling the four month delay in the DTV transition, I interviewed area media critic Rick Redding. He said about five percent of Louisvillians aren’t ready for the transition, and he speculated that WLKY, WDRB, WHAS and WAVE are delaying their transition in part to keep their share of that 5%.
Not all area television stations will observe the federal government’s four month delay in the digital television transition.
A proposal to delay the national digital television switchover could cost local television stations tens of thousands of dollars if it’s enacted.
The program that supplies coupons for converter boxes ran out of money this month. In response Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta suggests Congress delay the transition to give people more time to learn about DTV and to get coupons.
On Wednesday, Louisville’s commercial TV stations will broadcast a test to let analog television viewers know they need to update their technology.