In case you missed it, yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay the DTV transition until June 12th. With the announcement, teams all over the building here began to scramble to devise the best way to help stations through this change of events. Communication plans are being drafted, updates to message spots are being written, and public statements are being prepared. From an interactive standpoint, there's one very important message we need to share:
Despite the DTV delay, you still need to update your old TV Schedule modules to the new DTV modules by February 17th or they will break.
First and foremost, we've been informed by TV Guide that despite the delay of the transition they will be making a change to the data they send us. Instead of including a primary analog channel for every station, they will be including a primary digital channel for every station. While they will still continue to carry analog data for those stations still broadcasting in analog, the analog channel won't be marked as the "primary" channel in the data we receive. The old TV Schedules tools rely on a primary analog channel to function properly. Without this data from TV Guide, they will break.
Second, we're trying as hard as we can to stick to the original schedule so that we can move forward as scheduled with additional projects, like COVE. Like everyone, we've got a long list of projects we're itching to start working on, but only so many resources to work with. The longer we drag out the switch to the DTV modules systemwide, the longer we have to wait to get moving on other major initiatives.
Finally, it's just not a good idea to let old code languish for longer than necessary, and we can't waste any more time chasing down bugs or issues that might arise in the old code.
In the coming days stations will be receiving a flurry of information on all things DTV related from various departments at PBS. If you want to be sure to stay in the loop, check in the DTV site on PBS Connect under Communicate/Promote for a complete list of station resources.