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 @ 7:36am

    Re: Survey

    Totally not ready. As of the switch over I will not be able to watch TV. I have no satellite, no cable, FIOS does not have the TV service enabled.

    1. I don't believe it will stay switched, but accept there is a high probability I am wrong.

    2. I am insulted that the gov. should in anyway give people money for the switch over. TV is a choice not a right.

    3. I honestly cannot remember the last year I turned on the TV, except to watch a DVD or Video.

    4. The only reason we have a TV is because 2 or 3 times a year we like to sit down and watch a DVD/Video.

    So count me in the 3 mill. Of course they could delay for years, I still won't apply for the coupon, or bother buying a new TV. This delay was a further waste of money, and all because most of the 3 mill are probably like me, we kept the TV from a habit instilled when we were kids, but realized that there was no reason to turn it on (for me that happened when I was 24). I have been hoping for this day to come because it now makes it impossible for me to even accidentally watch TV/see an ad by turning it on when preparing to watch a DVD.

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