DTV Nightlight To Stay On In 85 Markets, Including Chicago's WFLD

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DTV Nightlight To Stay On In 85 Markets

By Staff

TVNEWSDAY, Jun 11 2009, 9:48 PM ET

WCBS and WNBC in New York; KNBC, KTLA and KWHY in Los Angeles; and WFLD in Chicago - all are among 118 stations in 85 markets that have volunteered to provide so-called nightlight service for up to 30 days after the planned shutoff of regular analog broadcast service tomorrow at midnight, the FCC announced late Thursday.

While other stations turn off their analog signals at midnight and complete the transition to digital-only service, the nightlight stations will continue broadcasting an analog signal containing only emergency and DTV transition information.

Most of the nightlight stations plan to loop a short, NAB-produced video that explains the DTV transition and tells viewers how to receive digital signals.

According to a survey by SmithGeiger, 2.2 million of the 18.8 million home that rely solely on over-the-air reception of TV service will not be ready to receive digital signals tomorrow night and, of those, 1.75 million have taken no steps to get ready.

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