NBC affiliate KUSA and co-owned My Network TV affil KTVD will cease analog service at 12:01 a.m. on April 16.
Gannett’s duopoly in Denver (DMA 18), KUSA (NBC) and KTVD (MNT) intends to permanently cease analog television service at 12:01 a.m. on April 16, a date earlier than the nation’s new June 12 DTV transition date, subject to FCC approval.
No analog signal will be broadcast beginning April 16 and KUSA and KTVD will finally be able to increase their digital operations to the full-power digital signals that have been authorized.
“9NEWS has led the market with our educational outreach, intensive promotion and frequent news segments on-air and on-line about digital TV,” said KUSA-KTVD President-General Manager Mark Cornetta. “A little more than a year and a half ago, 9NEWS took the lead in educating the people of Denver. Research has shown, largely as a result of these efforts, the people of Denver are ready. They’re informed about digital TV, they’re knowledgeable about the benefits of this transition, and they’re eager to get it done.”
Viewers watching KUSA or KTVD on an analog TV with rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna can continue to receive the stations by using a digital-to-analog converter box, subscribing to cable or satellite service or buying a TV with a digital tuner.
In addition, viewers currently watching KUSA’s digital signal using a digital-to-analog converter box or a DTV set will need to repeat the channel scan on April 16, 2009.