If you’re not getting WKMG on your HD receiver, you need to rescan you local channels. WKMG changed digital channels last week. After broadcasting on Channel 58, WKMG is now airing on Channel 26. Sure, thanks to remapping your receiver should always show WKMG on Channel 6, but that’s not really the case with most Central Florida stations. Here are the digital channels the local stations are broadcasting on:
Just in time for May sweeps, WFTV has tweaked its graphics. A splash of gold and some curves have been added to the HD graphics that debuted back in June 2006 when Channel 9 became the first station in the state — and 10th in the nation — to produce the news in high definition. ….
Fox 35 had added a couple of new additions to its weekend anchor team. Talitha Vickers co-anchors with Keith Landry on 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. She previously worked at WWOR-My9 in New York, WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WCCB in Charlotte. University of Miami grad Sabrina Feinis the weekend meteorologist. She’s worked at KSPR in Springfield, Mo., KCBD in Lubbock, Texas, WPBF in Palm Beach and WFTX in Fort Myers before joining Fox 35.
One of the big losers is WESH 2 (NBC). The good news: Homes with digital boxes in Polk, Brevard, Osceola and Indian River counties can pick up WESH’s digital signal — thanks to its digital broadcast tower being in east Orange county. The bad news: When WESH’s transmitter on its tower in Orange City is turned off, households in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Marion, Levy, Alachua, Putnam, Clay and St. Johns counties won’t get WESH’s signal anymore. You can read more about WESH’s signal here.
Here’s how some other area stations will fare:
WRDQ- 27 (Independent): Analog tower in Osceola County; digital tower in east Orange. It picks up a larger number of households in Volusia, Putnam, Marion, Sumter, Hernando, Pasco and Polk. The more northerly digital tower means the loss of households in Hardee, Highlands, Okechobee and Indian River counties.
WOFL-35 (Fox): Analog tower in east Orange; digital tower in east Orange. With new digital footprint, it gains households in Flagler, Putnam, Marion, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, Osceola, Brevard and Indian River counties.
WKMG-6 (CBS): Analog tower in east Orange; digital tower in east Orange. It gains households in Flagler, Putnum, Marion and Sumter; it loses homes in Pasco and Polk counties.
WFTV- 9 (ABC): Analog tower in east Orange; digital tower in east Orange. It keeps its signal footprint vitrually the same, but it gains households in Polk and Indian River counties.
WMFE-24 (PBS): Analog tower in east Orange; digital tower in east Orange. Gains households in Flagler, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties.
WVEN-26 (Univision): Analog tower in northwest Volusia County; digital tower in Orange City. It gains households in Lake, northern Osceola and northern Brevard. It loses households in St. Johns, Putnam, Alachua and Marion counties.
WBCC-68 (PBS): Analog tower in Oscoela; digital tower in east Orange. It gains households in Volusia, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties.
WDSC-15 (PBS): Analog tower in Daytona Beach; digital tower in east Orange. It picks up households in Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Polk and Brevard counties.
Turn out the lights, the party’s over … in analog.
At 11:59 p.m. tonight, five Orlando TV stations will permanently end their analog broadcasts, entering an all-digital era and most likely making your older model television sets obsolete.
The stations turning off their analog transmitters, according to the FCC: Public Broadcasting stations WMFE-Channel 24 and WBCC-Channel 68, Univison’s WVEN-Channel 26, independent WRDQ-Channel 27, religious broadcaster WTGL-Channel 45. They’re joining two other area stations that shut off their analog signals earlier: religious station WACX-Channel 55 and Public broadcaster WDSU-Channel 15.
The rest of the local stations — including big-network WESH-NBC 2, WKMG-CBS 6, WFTV-ABC 9, WKCF-CW 18, WOFL-Fox 35 and WRBW-MyNetworkTV 65 — will halt their analog signals in June.
Three Orlando TV stations have notified the FCC they plan to turn off their analog signals next Tuesday — the date originally set for analog’s end.
Public broadcaster WMFE-Ch. 24, independent WRDQ-Ch. 27 and Univision’s WVEN-Ch. 26 all decided not to extend their analog broadcasting to the government’s new cut-off date in June, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Why turn off the analog signals now and go with only a digital signal? Money. Cash-strapped WMFE can save $10,000 a month by turning off its analog transmitter. “It is a substantial cost to WMFE to maintain the analog signal for four more months,” WMFE president Jose Fajardo said. “In these difficult economic times, this is an unbudgeted cost the station cannot incur.”
All other local stations plan to continue broadcasting in both analog and digital beyond Tuesday. WFTV-Ch. 9 confirmed it keep its analog signal at the new deadline, June 12.
“I don’t think there is much of anything to be gained by postponing it to June 12,” WVEN VP/GM Antonio Guernica told the Sentinel. “I think everybody who is going to be ready is ready and those who aren’t ready now, I don’t believe they will prepare between now and June 12. There are some folks who will react only when they go to their TV and their favorite programming is not there.”
Meanwhile, among other stations: WKMG-Ch. 6, WESH-Ch. 2 and WKCF-Ch. 18 will likely wait until the new June deadline to end analog broadcasts, while WFTV-Ch. 9 hasn’t made a decision on what to do.
Why pull the plug early? Money. The stations could save thousands of dollars in electricity bills by turning off their analog transmitters by the original DTV deadline of Feb. 17. They’re already paying for power for both analog and digital transmitters now.
A new local TV station is signing on with a big mission: all local programming in nothing by high definition. That’s the goal for WHDO-Channel 38 (digital channel 42).
The plan for the station is to produce a schedule of all local shows and to broadcast them in HD. Some very familiar Central Florida names are associated with the station, according to Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. Among them: former longtime WESH meteorologist Dave Marsh and sportscaster Buddy Pittman. Among those doing shows include well-known local gardening expert Robert Vincent Sims.
While that all sounds great, here’s the downside. WHDO is a low-power TV station — meaning the vast majority of Central Florida can’t pick up its signal (analog or digital). I’m in east Orlando, and it doesn’t show up on my TV.
Joe Chaplionski, GM for the station, is hoping WHDO will be picked up by local cable carriers to extend its reach. “Folks who would like to view WHDO-TV and are anxious for the kind of programming we’ll be giving them, should call their cable or satellite provider and ask them to start carrying our station,” Chaplinski told Central Florida Lifestyle. “If they ask for it, the cable companies will deliver.”
The station has a Web site — whdotv.com. Here’s a demo video that appears on the site.