A Few Million Homes Still Aren't Ready For Digital TV Transition... But Don't Let That Stop It

from the bring-it-on dept

The transition to digital TV, and the shutdown of analog broadcasts, is set to finally go ahead on June 12, after a four-month delay was put into place by Congress. The delay capped off a process that's been pretty bungled from the outset, though things seem to have mostly come together over the last couple of months. Still, though, stories emerge about the 3 million or so homes that aren't ready for the transition, despite the time and money that's been spent on informational campaigns about it. It's been a pleasant surprise to see these stories largely unaccompanied by calls for further delays. The number of unprepared homes has fallen by half since the delay was announced in February, and a good way to get most of the rest (assuming they actually care) to follow would seem to be to go ahead and flip the switch. At this point, if people haven't caught on, perhaps it's the only way to get them to do so. And just in case any Techdirt readers are in that 2.8 million, hit dtv.gov or call 1-888-CALL-FCC to get info and/or help.

Filed Under: digital tv, politics, transition


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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jun 2009 @ 7:18am

    Re: Survey

    I am not prepared.
    I have a battery operated analog TV not connected to cable that I use when the cable connected TV isn't working (disaster planning, travel, power outage, cable failure) and my intent is to wait until there are enough coupons available for those who don't have cable, a box that costs no more than the coupon offers, and evidence that I can actually receive a digital signal here in the crater where I live.
    That last condition means I need to wait for the changeover to test (using the larger cable-connected digital TV to scan for reception) whether it is worth the effort of converting.

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