America goes digital on June 12 - get ready for the insanity

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America goes digital on June 12 - get ready for the insanity

Millions of households will lose television reception next week when about 1,000 broadcasters shut off their analog signals and complete their conversion to digital programming. People need to purchase a digital converter that goes between their TV and their antenna.

Imagine the chaos that will be generated when million of people try to turn their TV's on only to find no signal. The anti Obama nuts are going to have a fit.

The government has spent more than $2 billion to ease the transition to digital television, and in the last few months has cut in half the number of households that are unprepared for the final conversion on June 12. But the latest survey by the Nielsen Company indicates that as of the end of May, more than 10 percent of the 114 million households that have television sets are either completely or partly unprepared.

Michael J. Copps, the acting head of the Federal Communications Commission, said that the people most likely to lose reception are society’s most vulnerable — lower-income families, the elderly, the handicapped and homes where little or no English is spoken. The transition will also hit inner-city and rural areas hardest, he said.

“We are much better prepared than we were in February, when the original transition was to have occurred, but there will nonetheless be significant disruptions,” Mr. Copps said in an interview. “In the past five months we’ve tried to accomplish what should have been done over the last four years.”

More than three million homes that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services are totally unprepared for the transition and will lose their reception, according to Nielsen. Another nine million homes that subscribe to cable or satellite services but that have spare television sets — typically in bedrooms and kitchens — that are not connected to any service are also expected to lose reception. The conversion does not affect cable or satellite distribution.

And officials say that millions more who thought they were prepared are likely to experience technical problems like poor reception or improperly connected antennas. Their problems arise because the way the digital signal travels is different from analog and can be more affected by topography, weather or even heavy auto traffic.
By netchicken: posted on 7-6-2009

You know I have no sympathy for any of these people.They have had how many months or years to get a box? And for the little or no English learn it. It will help.
By Enigma: posted on 7-6-2009

What about the cost? Do low income people have to pay about $50 to get a box?

I imagine there will be many who won't like that.

Its going to be fascinating to see what, if anything happens. I can imagine right wing nuts saying "They tried to take our guns, now they take our TV"
By netchicken: posted on 7-6-2009

Here we go ....

What will Saturday bring? Silence or chaos?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration says people who are still using analog television signals are running out of time.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (LOCK) on Wednesday urged people who still haven't made the digital transition to hurry up. They face a Friday deadline to upgrade — or blank TV screens.

The White House successfully delayed the conversion from Feb. 17 until June 12. During that time, the Nielsen Co. estimates that the number of users who rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals dropped from 6.5 million to 2.8 million U.S. households.

Locke says customers who use cable or satellite signals, or who have newer models, are fine.
By netchicken: posted on 12-6-2009

Yeesh! The governement spend so much money to keep lazy Americans sittin' on their couches. What a world we live in.
By mg.mikael: posted on 13-6-2009

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