Thursday, 22 June 2017

Millions of US homes still unprepared for digital-TV switch

By Nat Worden, Dow Jones Newswires
Friday 12 June 09

Nielsen puts number of homes not ready for transition at 2.8 million; likely concentrated in low-income, rural areas.

Viewers who get their television programs free, over-the-air and without a converter box will find themselves without service starting Friday, when the federally-mandated transition to an all-digital broadcast spectrum becomes final. Those households - Nielsen Co. estimates about 2.8 million homes still aren't ready for the transition, while the National Association of Broadcasters says it's more like 2.1 million - will then become the focus of a scramble by broadcast stations, cable operators, satellite providers, telecommunications companies, retailers and policymakers to get them back to watching TV…

Viewers who get their television programs free, over-the-air and without a converter box will find themselves without service starting Friday, when the federally-mandated transition to an all-digital broadcast spectrum becomes final. Those households - Nielsen Co. estimates about 2.8 million homes still aren't ready for the transition, while the National Association of Broadcasters says it's more like 2.1 million - will then become the focus of a scramble by broadcast stations, cable operators, satellite providers, telecommunications companies, retailers and policymakers to get them back to watching TV…

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