DTV comes to Hawaii - Jan 15 2009
On Thursday Jan 15 2009, Hawaii will be the first state to experience the DTV conversion. It's coming to the rest of the country one month later. Are you ready for it? At noon, Hawaii's full-power TV stations turn off their analog signals in favor of all-digital broadcasting. Some communities will probably lose their signal due to the location of the new digital transmitters at a lower elevation in Ulupalakua, as opposed to atop Haleakala. The new transmitters have a decreased signal coverage, leaving a lot of customers out of luck.
The FCC has a website to help Hawaii consumers with the transition to Digital TV. The DTV switch will not affect households with cable or satellite TV service.
Many rural parts of Maui don't have cable service, and rely on satellite for their TV viewing. That includes me and my neighborhood in Huelo. We have done all we can by getting the converter box and new antenna, and tomorrow we'll find out whether or not we will be hostage to the Dish Network forever.
The day after update - things went pretty smoothly, but I'm out of luck! Read the Maui News story here. I didn't realize why we were the first, but it was due to working around the nesting schedule of the dark-rumped petrel! Isn't that considerate?
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