Vermont and New York TV Stations Stick With Feb. 17 End of Analog Broadcasting

first_imgAlthough Congress has passed legislation to allow TV stations to extend their analog broadcasts until June, local stations in Vermont and northeastern New York plan to shut off analog broadcasts on the original deadline of midnight February 17. Stations WCAX (Channel 3), WFFF (Channel 44), WNNE (Channel 31), WPTZ (Channel 5), WVNY(Channel 22), Mountain Lake PBS (Channel 57) and Vermont Public Television (Channels 33, 20, 28 and 41) looked at the high level of readiness of the local market and the confusion a delay could bring and decided to stay with the February date.Jim Condon, executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, said, The extension of the analog shutoff will be a great help to viewers in parts of the country that are not ready. Here in Vermont, after more than a year of helping local viewers prepare for the end of analog broadcasting, we know that most of our local viewers are ready. Cable and satellite companies have done their part; stores have maintained a good supply of digital converter boxes, and station staff have helped thousands of viewers individually.The stations will continue working one on one with viewers who need assistance, up to and after the end of analog broadcasting. Stations will also staff a special DTV Help Line at Vermont Public Television where people can get help after the shutoff of analog signals. The toll-free number for that line will be announced at the time of the shutoff.Viewers are welcome to contact the stations at:WCAX (802) 652-6300, www.wcax.com(link is external)WFFF (802) 660-9333, www.FOX44.net(link is external)WPTZ/WNNE (518) 561-5555 (NY) or (802) 655-5455 (VT), www.wptz.com(link is external)WVNY (802) 660-9333, www.abc22.com(link is external)Mountain Lake PBS (518) 563-9770, www.mountainlake.org(link is external)Vermont Public Television 1-800-639-7811, www.vpt.org(link is external)last_img read more