Posted 02 Mar 2009
The Arkansas PBS expects to resume over-the-air broadcasts for KETS Channel 2/Little Rock and KETZ Channel 12/El Dorado no later than Saturday, June 13, 2009, when the nation completes the digital transition.
We took all the necessary steps to be off the air for the least possible amount of time, but the transition delay passed by Congress has disrupted our plans, AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. Our new, more powerful digital signals will be broadcast on frequencies currently occupied by analog channels in Little Rock and El Dorado, and these channels may remain on the air until June 12.
AETN turned off the KETS transmitter in Redfield on Jan. 25 and the KETZ transmitter in Huttig on Feb. 5 when tower crews became available to make final preparations for the transition. On Feb. 4, Congress delayed the transition until mid-June.
AETN has made every effort to reach the greatest number of viewers in upcoming months, Weatherly said. Some cable systems are using direct fiber connection to the network or have added antennas to receive signals from AETN transmitters in other parts of the state.
Currently, the following cable and satellite systems are expected to continue broadcasting AETN during the transition:
* Alliance Cable (Greenbrier)
* AT&T Uverse (Little Rock)
* Comcast (Little Rock)
* Conway Corporation (Conway)
* DishNetwork (Central Arkansas and Little Rock DMA subscribers prior to Jan. 1, 2009)
* East Arkansas Cable (Forrest City, Brinkley, Marianna)
* Langco Cable (Hampton)
* Pine Bluff Cable TV (Pine Bluff)
* Resort Cable TV (Hot Springs)
* Suddenlink (Morrilton, Russellville, Atkins, Dover, Malvern, Hot Springs Village, Cabot, Little Rock AFB)
* White County Cable TV (Searcy and surrounding area)
* Hwy 64 corridor (Vilonia, Beebe, Searcy, Cabot, courtesy of KTWN-18.2).
DirecTV in Central Arkansas is unable to use another transmitter feed for technical reason and has chosen to temporarily provide subscribers with a PBS national feed.
Areas unable to receive AETN during the transition period should return to normal on June 13. Viewers throughout the state who rely on an antenna or rabbit ears for over-the-air reception are encouraged to perform channel searches on their digital televisions or converter boxes on June 13 to be sure they are receiving all available digital channels after changes in channel numbers and broadcast power that may have occurred.
For more information and updates about the shutdown and DTV transition, visit www.aetn.org/dtv.
The Arkansas PBS (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs digital and analog transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.