WHDH (TV) - Digital Programming

Digital Programming

Channel Programming
7.1 main WHDH programming / NBC HD
7.2 This TV

WHDH also has plans for a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 7.1.

Digital subchannel 7.2 carried NBC Weather Plus; most national feeds for this service ended December 2008. As of February 2, 2009, 7.2 carries This TV. Via digital cable, channel 7.2 is offered on Comcast channel 297 and Verizon FiOS channel 460.

As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion was completed, WHDH shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and moved its digital broadcasts back to channel 7, the frequency previously used for its analog broadcast. Because of a large number of complaints regarding inability of viewers to receive over the air programming on channel 7, WHDH requested and received temporary authority from the FCC on June 16, 2009 to simulcast its programming on channel 42 (UHF) in addition to channel 7 (VHF).

Although stations in other major markets have similar problems, WHDH is the only station in the Boston area market which changed its digital channel due to the June 2009 transition, requiring a channel map rescan to receive the station. WHDH was also one of three stations, along with WMUR-TV and WWDP, in the area to broadcast in VHF post-transition, requiring either a traditional rabbit ears antenna within Boston proper, or in outer areas at minimum an outdoor antenna.

On September 15, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving WHDH's move from channel 7 to channel 42. After the station filed its minor change application for a construction permit, stating the channel move, on November 9, 2009, WHDH terminated operations on VHF channel 7 and now operate solely and permanently on channel 42. The equipment for the channel 7 digital transmitter has since been shipped down to Miami for use by sister station WSVN, which continues to be on VHF 7 with few complaints due to South Florida's less-varied terrain.

On June 1, 2010, WHDH filed an application to operate at the power level of 1 million watts. The application was approved on December 14.

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