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    Once February Sweeps Now March Sweeps!

    Friday, January 23 2009


    A past episode of AMC (Soaps.com)
    Updated on January 23:

    In light of the sweeps schedule for this year, the scheduled dates for the new March Sweeps will run from March 5 to April 1. Please note, the next sweeps, what we've always referred to as May Sweeps, will remain the same and run from April 23 to May 20.


    Previously Reported on May 5, 2008:

    Due to an upcoming February 17, 2009 scheduled interference from a federally authorized changeover from analog to digital broadcasting, Nielsen Media Research has announced that what we normally consider our soap’s February Sweeps will now come in March, starting in 2009!

    We’ve all seen the commercials warning viewers who still use antennas to get their daily television fix that come February 2009 they will be forced to either head out and buy the latest up-to-date television or make a quick stop into their cable provider to obtain a special analog/digital switching converter – and this is no joke! Should you decided to wait it out to see if what they are saying is true, feel free, but you’ll miss your favorite programs, which will be replaced by that all-irritating blank screen!

    Have you ever wondered how the ‘sweeps’ came to be? Well, all television sweeps are boxed off into quarterly sweeps – with February, May and November sweeps being the most popular among soap fans. During this time of year, Nielsen sends out what they call ‘paper diaries’ to a select number of households in markets that are considered to be immeasurable by its meters, reason being these markets are often too small. They then use their findings to determine the best advertising times when the most people are watching the shows.

    Soaps.com wants everyone to know that no matter what device you use to watch your soaps, we’ll be here in case you can’t catch them during this scramble to your neighborhood electronics store or to your cable provider! Because in the end, February Sweeps, March Sweeps, whatever, we’re here for them all!


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    Posted by KiSsMeXoXo546 at Monday, May 05 2008 03:10 PM

    ok i don't get wat u mean?

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Tuesday, May 06 2008 05:00 AM

    February sweeps is now going to be March sweeps, starting next year. That's all - just letting people know, so that next February you don't wonder what happened to sweeps!!

    Posted by pnchc at Tuesday, May 06 2008 09:57 PM

    THAT" IS NOT TRUE!". YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO OUT TO BUY A NEW DIGITAL TV OR GET CABLE." "IF" YOU STILL USE RABIT EARS" YOU NEED TO CALL THE [FCC] THE FEDERAL COMMUNEATION COMMISSION AT [1888]CALL-FCC OR [1888]2255-322 OR WWW.NITA.DOC.GOV. THE FCC IS RESPONCIBLE BY US CONGRESS TO SENDING OUT THESE TWO CUPONS THAT ARE WORTH $40.00 ON EACH CARD WITCH YOU WILL TAKE TO THE FLOWING STORES.
    WALMART.$49.99. RADIO SHAC.$59.99. BUST BUY.$59.99 CURCIT CITY$59.99. MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO GO TO WALMART. YOU WILL ONLY NEED $20.00. DIFFERANTS. YOU HAVE TO USE THE CUPONS FOR TWO CONVERTER BOXES. YOU MUST CALL NOW".
    YOU WILL THEN HOOK UP THE CONVERTER BOXES TO THE BACK OF YOUR TV SETS. THESE ARE DIGITAL CONVERTER BOXES WITCH SENDS DIGITAL SIGNELS OVER THE AIR WAYS THAT GIVES YOU DIGITAL CHANELS ON TOUR ANALOG TV WITH OUT GETTING OF YOUR ANALOG TV. "YOU"CAN STILL KEEP YOUR ANALOG TV'S. YOU HAVE TO CALL THE FCC NOW" TO REQUEST YOUR TWO DIGITAL CONVERTER BOXES SO YOU WONT HAVE A BLACK TV SCREEN ON FEB./17/2009.

    ALSO" PLEASE TAKE NOTE" THAT A&E QVC,CSPN1,2 ARE SWITHING OVER TO DIGITAL ON MAY 15./08. THATS NEXT WEEK. SO IF YOU HAVE CABLE OR DIRECT TV, YOU WILL NEED A SECOND IO BOX IF YOU HAVE MORE THEN ONE TV.

    Posted by pnchc at Tuesday, May 06 2008 10:01 PM

    NOTE" YOU WILL ONLY GET CHANELS 2 THROUGH 21 PLUS N.Y.TV55
    WITCH IS A FREE L.I. CHANEL. IF YOUR LIVE ON L.I. N.Y.

    Posted by FanFor30Years at Thursday, January 15 2009 01:10 PM

    Here is the absolute 100% accurate information regarding the digital transition 2/17/09. I work for the FCC so I can assure you these are the facts. DO NOT call your cable company. It has nothing to do with them. If you are hooked up to cable or satellite, this WILL NOT effect you in any way regardless of what kind of TV you have. This only applies to people who have older (not digital ready) televisions that are using rabbit ears to get their signal. The government is issuing coupons for converter boxes (AGAIN, NOT BEING SUPPLIED BY YOUR CABLE COMPANY). If you DO NOT HAVE CABLE OR SATELLITE, you can call visit www.dtv.gov for any/all questions. To help consumers with the DTV transition, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce, administers this program. Every U.S. household is eligible to receive up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes. Beginning in January of 2008, the NTIA has begun accepting applications for coupons. The coupons may only be used for eligible converter boxes sold at participating consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at the time of purchase. (Please note that these coupons will expire 90 days after mailing). Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each. This is a one-time cost. For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program, visit www.dtv2009.gov, or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).

    Hope this helps.

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