Posted 26 Jan 2009
The Arkansas Educational Television Network will turn off the KETS Channel 2/Little Rock transmitter in Redfield at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 25. The shutdown is necessary for final preparations for the digital transition, and KETS will be available again on Feb. 18, 2009, following the nations conversion to DTV.
AETN has done everything possible to continue broadcasting to as many people as possible during this transition. Some cable systems are using direct fiber connection to the network or have added antennas to receive signals from other AETN transmitters such as KETG/Arkadelphia, KEMV/Mountain Home and KTEJ/Jonesboro.
Currently, the following cable and satellite systems are expected to continue broadcasting AETN during the transition:
* Alliance Cable (Greenbrier)
* Comcast (Little Rock)
* Community Communications Cablevision (Monticello, Warren, Star City)
* Conway Corporation (Conway)
* DishNetwork (Central Arkansas and Little Rock DMA subscribers)
* East Arkansas Cable (Forrest City, Brinkley, Marianna)
* 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)
Systems in Central Arkansas not mentioned above are not technically capable and/or cannot financially afford to receive a signal from AETN. In some cases, there may be reception problems and reduced picture quality due to the extreme distances.
The KETZ Channel 12/El Dorado transmitter in Huttig will also be off air later this month when a tower crew becomes available. Transmitters near Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Mountain View and Arkadelphia will not be affected.
Areas unable to receive AETN during the transition period should return to normal on Feb. 18. 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 Feb. 18 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 Educational Television Network (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.