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Ready or not, digital is here to stay

Today is the big day for Americans still clinging to analog TVs and rabbit ears. For those folks that haven't already picked up a DTV converter box to translate the new digital signals, their TVs will now be relegated to useless lumps of plastic, metal, and glass.

The switch to DTV was supposed to take place on February 17, but Congress passed legislation to delay the switch until June 12 under the guidance of President Obama. The delay also gave the government additional time to disperse an additional $650 million USD in DTV coupons to Americans who still hadn't purchased a converter box.

Despite the extra time afforded to Americans to prepare for the DTV switch, additional funds for DTV coupons, and free assistance provided to setup converter boxes, the New York Times reported that roughly 2 million households will still be unprepared for today's switchover.

For those using cable, satellite, or digital TVs with an antenna, you have nothing to worry about -- your TV programming will be unaffected.

For more information on the DTV switch, you can check out the official website here.

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RE: 2.8 million haven't switched, not 12 million.
By pequin06 on 6/12/2009 7:55:54 AM , Rating: 2
It's pretty bad when reader1 points out a New York Times mistake.

RE: 2.8 million haven't switched, not 12 million.
By reader1 on 6/12/2009 8:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
The 12 million the NY Times reported is the number of completely unready and partially unready households.

"Partially Unready Household – a household that has at
least one Ready Set and at least one Unready Set"

By omnicronx on 6/12/2009 10:28:30 AM , Rating: 2
Now why can't the rest of your posts be this informative? This is very interesting, I really wonder how many of these unready sets will be able to take advantage as I assume they will setup their main TV first usually on the first floor of their house. I set up my grandmas TV in New York a few weeks ago (long island actually) and I could not get one channel to tune from her basement even though she has a 50 dollar indoor antenna. Apartment buildings will have similar problems.

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