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 @ 3:37pm

    Goddamn am I tired about hearing about this switch. Who cares how many people aren't "ready"? These three million houses either, A) They know about the switch and are too lazy/don't care enough to get hooked up or B) They barely watch any TV and don't know/care enough about the switch. Either way, it certainly doesn't warrant more needless legislation to delay the switchover. And those few people who do care will turn on their TV and it won't get reception and then they'll get off their ass and fix it.

    I fail to see what the big deal is.

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