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Not Ready for DTV

4:45 PM -- Although a delay that would move the broadcast TV digital transition from Feb. 17 to June 12 remains thoroughly up in the air as the politicos hash it out, there's more evidence that millions of U.S. homes remain unprepared for the big switch.

The Nielsen Co. splashed a new coat of paint on the topic Thursday by reporting that about 6.5 million, or about 5.7 percent, of U.S. homes still aren't ready, and their residents would be staring at a screen full of snow if the transition occurred today.

Albuquerque/Sante Fe, N.M., has the dubious honor of being the most least prepared market, with 12.4 percent of homes there still unready. Hartford and New Haven, Conn. (1.8 percent) are the most prepared, according to Nielsen estimates. (See 6.5M Homes Not Ready for Digital Switch.)

The good news is that the latest figures represent a 1.3 million-home improvement since Nielsen issued this report late last year. The bad news: It's still only a 1.3 million-home improvement. And if Feb. 17 remains as the hard date, there's only 26 days for any further improvements to be made.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

chocodile 12/5/2012 | 4:13:24 PM
re: Not Ready for DTV So we're holding up the ship for all the late comers. We're being told that 6.5 million "aren't ready" for the transition. That accounts for 5.7% of total households. Not a huge number, when you think about. My question is how many of those are truly unaware and how many really care? And what's to be gained by waiting for these people to "catch up?" The worst that could happen is a microscopic fraction of these people - who really are unaware - will turn on their sets expecting to see Oprah, and get static instead. They'll miss their show, while they start asking neighbors and friends what happened. They'll be informed rather quickly what to do, and decide whether or not they want to upgrade. At the end of the day, not all the animals are gonna get on the ark, no matter how long we wait. Is it really worth it to hold up the ship for the handful that miss the boat? My answer is an emphatic NO. Let em learn how to swim.
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