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Sunday, June 14, 2009


The End of Television went down in history without a hitch. Here are some photos of the event.

Thanks to all the artists who participated and thanks to HiTEC, Sound/ Unsound, and Valentine Trio for performing. If you are curious about the future of The End of Television, contact Ian at ----> ian (dot) f (dot) page (at) gmail

Thursday, June 11, 2009


With Work by:

Allen Riley
Antoine Catala
A. Bill Miller
BATHAS Internationale
Brett Kashmere
Brittany Gravely
Chad Laird
Chris Coleman
Chris McDaniel
Clint Enns
Cody Darling
Colleen Keough
David Hebb
Daniel Maw
Emile Bokaer
Ian Page
Jason Bernagozzi
Julie Mink
Ken Paul Rosenthal
Leslie Supnet
Lorne Bailey
Lucy Englemann
Lydia Moyer
Moyi Zhang
Pat Tremblay
Paul Turano
Patrick May
Sara Krugman
Shaun Slifer
Sofy Yuditskaya
Steven Ball
Steven Strauss
Tianna Kennedy
Tim Stoetling
Z Collective

and more...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

~~~~~Call for Submissions in Video~~~~~

The End of Television is a video program beginning where analog television ends. On June 12th, 2009 the U.S. television broadcast signal will change over from analog to digital. No television will receive a signal without a special converter box.

On June 12th, The End of Television will air through analog broadcast TV on channel 2 in Pittsburgh. When broadcasters turn off their analog transmitters The End of Television turns it's analog transmitter on and broadcasts the program. Using a restricted and nearly obsolete medium (broadcast TV) , The End of Television re-imagines the omnipresent idea of "broadcast yourself." We are accepting all videos submitted before the deadline and there is no submission fee.

for questions contact: ian.f. page (at) gmail (dot) com

send videos to:
The End of Television
331 S. Aiken st
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

- Please have the video postmarked by May 25th.
- Work should be submitted on miniDV or VHS.
- Work will not be returned unless a SASE is included.

*It should be noted that this program will accept all work submitted, but the program reserves the right to not include a video if it is deemed unsuitable.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The House passed the DTV delay bill this Wednesday, delaying THE END OF TELEVISION until June 12th, 2009. The video program will be broadcast on that day, the final day of analog television signal. We are now extending the submission deadline until May 20th. THE END will only be bigger and better than ever with further to fall and more to lose, so continue to submit video and await the date. For questions concerning submitted material or submissions please contact ian(~dot~)f(~dot~)page(~at~)gmail(~dot~)com


Sunday, February 1, 2009


Due to the confusion that this Congressional delay is causing, we are going to continue to accept submissions up to the last minute. If it gets here before Feb. 17th, it will go on the air. Should the delay pass the House, we will plan on broadcasting the program on June 12th. Either way, get your submissions in!

Chairman: FCC has no coherent plan for digital DTV

The U.S. will have significant problems switching from analog to digital television if the transition goes forward as scheduled on Feb. 17, the recently appointed acting chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday.

The FCC has had no "coherent and coordinated plan" to transition the nation from analog to digital television during the past two years, Michael Copps said during a speech before the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee. Copps, a Democrat appointed acting chairman last week by President Barack Obama, ripped into digital-television transition efforts under his predecessor, Republican Kevin Martin.

"At this point, we will not have -- we cannot have -- a seamless DTV transition," Copps said. "There is no way to do in the 26 days new leadership has had here what we should have been laser-focused on for 26 months. That time is lost -- and it's lost at a cost. There is consumer disruption down the road we've been on. We need to realize this."

Copps said he's focusing on minimizing and repairing problems with the DTV transition. The transition is necessary after Congress, in late 2005, passed legislation requiring U.S. TV stations to move to all-digital broadcasts and abandon analog spectrum between channels 52 and 69. Much of the cleared spectrum, in the 700MHz band, was sold in auctions that ended in March 2007, and many spectrum experts say the spectrum is optimal for wireless broadband services.

However, Robert Gibbs, spokesman for Obama, said he expects Congress will delay the DTV transition until June 12. The Senate has voted to delay the transition, but the House of Representatives on Wednesday wasn't able to get the two-thirds of the votes it needed to suspend House rules and rush a delay vote through. But the delay did receive 90 more votes for it than against it in the House, and Gibbs predicted the House would take up delay legislation next week under regular rules, with only a majority vote required.

"We never really dug deep enough to understand all the consequences that would attend the DTV transition -- not just the intended good results, but all the unintended consequences, too, the ones that usually cause the big problems," he said. "It's because we didn't have a well-thought-out and coherent and coordinated plan to ease the transition -- a plan to combine the resources we needed to avoid disruption."

There's been a "patchwork of disjointed efforts" to address the DTV transition, Copps added. "We didn't have a sense of real urgency until it was too late," he said.

The FCC is taking several steps on the assumption that the DTV transition will happen Feb. 17, Copps said. The agency is focusing on consumer outreach, including field operations and its Web site, to inform people about the transition, he said.

The agency is also working to figure out which consumers will be most at risk of losing all TV reception, and it is "coordinating nonstop" with the NTIA and private groups on education efforts, he said.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

House Rejects DTV Delay -> Senate Repasses Bill Again


The House unexpectedly rejected the delay bill that the Senate had unanimously passed earlier this week. On Thursday night the Senate repassed the same bill. The House will vote again on Wednesday (possibly Tuesday) to accept the Delay. The Obama administration is still backing the delay and the bill will need more than half of the votes in the House to pass. In the last go round the bill was defeated 268-164 (61%), but was introduced as a non controversial bill for expedited passage and needed 2/3 the vote. Unless there are some rather convincing opponents, it looks like the bill will go through this time.


Monday, January 26, 2009


After a long and hard fought battle, The End managed to convince the Senate to delay the switchover.

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12.

Stay tuned for up to date information on developments concerning the scheduled February 17th broadcast.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Senate Republicans Sign On to June DTV Delay

An effort to delay the impending switch to digital TV signals got a boost Thursday night after Senate Republicans agreed to a plan that would push the transition to June 12.

GOP members were initially hesitant to support the delay, blocking consideration of the legislation when it was introduced on January 16. After a little negotiation and some amendments to the bill, however, Republicans are now on board.

The bill also extends the deadline to apply for a coupon from March 31 to July 31.

Rockefeller stressed that the bill "is not perfect, but it represents a turning point—a start."

"Senator Rockefeller's personal commitment to me to not seek another delay provides needed certainty to bring this transition to a conclusion," Sen. Hutchinson said. "Significant challenges remain, however, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure a smooth transition."

"Barring unforeseen emergencies, we should not have another delay," Rockefeller said.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition- S@#*!

Congress did not vote on the 21st as they planned, but instead postponed the vote to delay the switchover. AGH!

The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday the 22nd, on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — setting the stage for a vote early next week.

Congress is driving The End of Television insane. Get it together congress and vote early next week.

As for submissions, keep them coming in. The original deadline is nearing, but we here at The End will will do our best to include late submissions.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Congress Votes on the End of TV on January 21st

Democratic committee chairmen in both houses of Congress are proposing to delay until June 12 the date for major TV stations to stop sending traditional analog signals. The change is now set for Feb. 17 at midnight.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to vote Jan. 21 on whether to delay the changeover until June 12, the date proposed by Representative Henry Waxman, the California Democrat who heads the committee, aides said today. The bill by Rockefeller, who’s the next chairman of the Commerce Committee, was introduced yesterday and offers the same date.

“Congress is likely to pass some sort of delay, given lawmaker concerns about likely disruptions to some TV viewers and a possible backlash,” said Rebecca Arbogast and David Kaut, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Washington, in a note to investors today.

Obama’s team called on Jan. 8 for postponing the date, citing a funding shortfall a program that subsidizes digital equipment. The program offers $40 coupons toward the cost of converter boxes, which sell for $40 to $80 at retail outlets.

Coupons are mailed out using third-class bulk mail and take four to six weeks to arrive, Podesta said in his letter. He reminded leaders of the Jan. 8 request and said that since then “the situation has only gotten worse.”

Monday, January 12, 2009

Still Accepting Submissions for The Slow Decline of Television

Despite the President-elect’s determination to stop The End of Television, we are still accepting submissions for the February 17th broadcast. In the event that Congress approves the delay, The End of Television will do a second broadcast somewhere down the line. Submit well and submit often!

Obama delays The End of Television...

President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels won’t be ready.

In a letter to key lawmakers Thursday, Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta said the digital transition needs to be delayed largely because the Commerce Department has run out of money for coupons to subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who don’t have cable or satellite service or a TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their older analog sets working.