On Friday, 2.8 million households will riot in the streets when their TVs cease to work.
Okay, slight exaggeration...hopefully there will be no rioting. But the "2.8 million households" statistic is no joke, according to figures released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research. Even after a four month delay, 2.8 million households (2.5% of the US television market) are still unprepared.
Television stations nationwide will stop broadcasting in analog (the standard used for the past 60+ years) and broadcast only in digital starting tomorrow. Older TVs without a digital tuner will require a digital converter box to pick up digital broadcasts. If you're still confused about the DTV transition, or not sure if you're prepared or not, check out my previous blog posts DTV 101 (part 1): The "Digital TV Transition"; Converter boxes and DTV 101 (part 2): The pros & cons of going Digital.
If you've already been watching DTV, you're encouraged to re-scan for channels tomorrow. Stations should be boosting their digital transmissions, which should hopefully resolve reception issues viewers have encountered.
I'm happy that the DTV transition will finally be over with...as long as I'm actually able to watch TV when it rains (currently having signal dropouts!). Are you excited about DTV? If you've been watching DTV, have you had any reception woes? Share in the comments section below!