Cool Stat of the Day: DTV unreadiness reaches a miniscule 1.1%

July 30, 2009 by  
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dtvclockzeroedout_061209We love to hear this sort of embrace for the DTV revolution.

According to Nielsen’s latest numbers, the amount of TV viewers who haven’t prepared for the DTV changeover dropped to a tiny 1.1% of households in the US, with over 229,000 converting just in the last few weeks, which is an amazing stat when you really stop to think about it. All that hulabaloo over the cost of converting, and people found a way to do it. Amazing what revolution will make people do that they didn’t think they would do.

Bear in mind as we stated the other day, the deadline for converter box coupon submissions is July 31st, so those still in the dark ages should get with it and grab your box coupons.

Last Chance: Deadline approaching for $40 DTV Converter Box coupons

July 28, 2009 by  
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dtvcouponcutoff_072809Are there people you know still in the dark about the digital TV transition still without a converter box? If so, their opportunity to get a coupon for a free box is coming up. It’s amazing to think there might still be people out there unaware or that don’t have things set up already, but who knows, there probably is.

An L.A. Times article has said that July 31 is the cutoff for issuing $40 free box coupons, so now’s the time to send in those requests if needed. So give those cave dwellers a call. If they even have a phone, that is. (Ok, now we’re done with the jokes, honest.)

Here’s the article.

Final Wave Goodbye: Analog “nightlight” signals get shut off forever

July 14, 2009 by  
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20090510-dtvswitchdateDid you hear the pin drop? That was the sound of analog “nightlight” transmissions going dark Sunday afternoon — which amounts to 121 stations in 87 markets waving goodbye to analog signals forever. It was a great day for HDTV and TV lovers everywhere.

Besides the nightlight info screens, and aside from areas being served by analog translator service, this marks the official end of the analog broadcast TV era for good. And good riddance we say.

No reports of massive calls or anything by the FCC, so it appears the US handled the transition quite well overall, and that news makes us smile. This will mean huge advances in the next few years in terms of picture/sound quality and HDTV channel choice, without all that bandwidth being swallowed up by outdated analog technology.