CPTV Transition to Digital Television Now Set for June 2009
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Congress’ recent vote to delay the broadcast industry’s transition to digital television (DTV) to June 12, 2009, has prompted Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) to reschedule its own DTV timeline.
“Because many homes are still unprepared for DTV, we’ve decided to continue broadcasting our analog signal until June 12 to ensure that all of our viewers will continue to have access to quality, informative programming,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO, CPTV. “As part of our mission, we want to guarantee that viewers who watch our free over-the-air service have every opportunity to secure and install the digital converter box needed to access the DTV signal.”
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.