ION moves HD launch to accommodate DTV delay


ION Television announced that, to help reduce any consumer confusion caused by the recent decision by Congress to delay the nationwide shut-off of analog television transmission, it is moving its launch of high definition (HD) television transmission from February 16 to March 16.

The network had announced it would launch HD service in 20 markets on February 16, the day before the long-planned nationwide analog shut off. Last week, President Obama signed legislation delaying the shut off until June 12. ION, along with other broadcasters, has worked hard to ensure a seamless transition for consumers and will continue its efforts through June 12 and beyond.

ION now will launch HD in the same 20 markets on March 16.  ION will launch HD on its other 40 stations later in the year.