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DTV transition to be complete on Oct. 20, 2009

Original post made by sally, Midtown, on Sep 29, 2009

For those of you still watching TV from an antenna, the Mercury-News reports that the DTV transition in the bay area will finally be over on Oct. 20. Several local TV stations, especially FOX KTVU-2 and ABC KGO-7 have been difficult to receive in the south bay as they completed their DTV transition work. That should be done on Oct. 20.

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Posted by Still Antenna
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 29, 2009 at 11:42 am

Oddly, the only Sutro station I can't get is KGO-7. The other major I haven't gotten for ages is KNTV-11. All the others - regardless of language - I get, though I frequently need to adjust the rabbit ears and rescan.

BTW - didn't the broadcasters know when the transition date was? Shouldn't they have been ready before we were? They had access to transmitters before converters were on the market.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

KGO-7 and KNTV-11 are the only 2 San Francisco-based stations broadcasting on VHF frequencies. If the Oct. 20 fixes don't help you, you many need a new antenna with better VHF performance (if you actually want to watch anything on these channels).

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Posted by Still Antenna
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Didn't know they were still VHF - thought they were all switched in Freq. but have power issues. Thanks.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

It is a joy to get the digital hi-def on some channels, especially PBS, WOW, who ever thought TV would be so good. I have the Planet Earth BluRay DVDs and the picture was better than the Disney movie Earth in the theater.

I still see a lot of pixelation on many channels, but for many years I never got good reception for regular TV at all. It seemed fine in the 70's though with just rabbit ears.

Now, I get lots of great infomercials and foreign broadcasts in brilliant Hi-def.

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