On schedule

Despite the government’s having caved on the DTV deadline, Oklahoma City stations are expected to go ahead with the switch on the 17th of February:

Officials with KFOR, KWTV, KOCO, KOKH and OETA in Oklahoma City and KSWO in Lawton said the switch from analog to digital signals is ready and will occur as planned.

As KOKH goes, so goes co-owned KOCB; KFOR will presumably switch over KAUT as well. (The KSWO move is important to OKC, because KOCO will be on channel 7, the channel being vacated by KSWO.)

Tulsa, maybe not so much:

Griffin Communications owns KOTV in Tulsa and KWTV in Oklahoma City. Griffin President David Griffin says he’s filed a request with the FCC to switch [KOTV] — but says he could change his mind if all the stations don’t agree.

KJRH general manager Mike Vrabac says station officials have met to discuss a date to make the switch at the same time but haven’t met since yesterday’s vote in Congress.

Last I looked, KTUL was carrying the same wire story, but nothing else.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 February 2009 · 7:07 am

    Good. If it puts a stop to the maddening countdown-of-days and constant advertising about how people need to get a converter box then I will be happy. I do not know why those ads grate on me so but they certainly do. Probably it’s because I know that the day after the changeover, there will be hundreds or thousands of people who failed to pay attention to ANY of it who are complaining that they are ‘ripped off’ because they can’t see their soaps or their silly sitcoms any more.

  2. CGHill »

    6 February 2009 · 7:35 am

    I think they missed a good bet in not setting the deadline in late January, right before the Super Bowl; you could be almost absolutely certain that people, faced with the possibility of missing this singular event, would have taken the appropriate actions in a timely manner, and it would all be over by now.

  3. fillyjonk »

    6 February 2009 · 7:41 am

    Yeah, but can you imagine the howls of protest from the terminally clueless who DIDN’T figure out that you had to do something.

    “I missed the Super Bowl! I deserve restitution!”

    Oh, the class-action lawyers would have had a field day…

  4. McGehee »

    6 February 2009 · 9:10 am

    If it puts a stop to the maddening countdown-of-days and constant advertising about how people need to get a converter box then I will be happy.

    There’s only one thing that would have done that, and only if the date had not been changed at the last minute.

    This way instead, every station that delays its change will have up to four months to continue the countdown.

  5. fillyjonk »

    6 February 2009 · 10:10 am

    Well, I live not that far away (in a global sense) from our host, here, and I know this morning my local news channel was bleating something about that they were going to turn off their analog broadcasts on the 17th, so if they are going all-digital, I doubt they’d be telling people that they need to switch over.

    That said, yeah, I can see with network-originating programming the stupid ads will continue. Both Ellen Degeneres’ and Bob Barker’s stock has gone down in my estimation.

  6. Dan B »

    7 February 2009 · 7:13 pm

    KOCO is now claiming that they WILL NOT change over to digital-only until June.


  7. CGHill »

    7 February 2009 · 8:00 pm

    I think this was a corporate page shoved out by Hearst-Argyle, as witness this page from Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV.

  8. CGHill »

    7 February 2009 · 8:02 pm

    Then again, Hearst-Argyle’s corporate HQ page still has the February deadline.

  9. CGHill »

    9 February 2009 · 1:52 pm

    They’ve made it official at Channel 5: they’re holding out.

  10. Strings »

    17 February 2009 · 10:55 pm

    Is there any word on the actual channel assignments for OETA’s secondary feeds on Tulsa Cox Cable? I’ve been trying to get them from Cox’s e-mail support, but they simply won’t tell me anything. They ask me to call in, but I foresee that being even less useful.

    My QAM scans (QAM-256, usually with the full Cable frequency allocation – HRC/IRC and Broadcast freqs get less or nothing) with MythTV have found the main HD feeds for KETADT5, KOKIDT, KTULDT, KOTVDT and KJRHDT, but none of the secondaries for OETA. Almost everything else is encrypted or looks like a PPV slot.

  11. CGHill »

    18 February 2009 · 6:50 am

    Cox in Oklahoma City tends to move them around a lot, but they’re usually out there somewhere. (“Usually” because I’ve seen instances when they weren’t.)

    Last time I’d rescanned:

      102-112 OETA Okla
      105-113 OETA Create
      105-114 OETA Kids

    I would look for variations on those themes, since 112/113/114 are where the OETA feeds fall on Tulsa Digital Cable.

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