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Analog TV: End of an Era

Digital TV Transition Happens at Noon Today

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A little more than three hours and counting until full-power analog TV broadcasts in the US go away, and the DTV becomes the law of the land.

According to the latest Nielsen Company research survey report of 7 June, 2.8 million American households (or 2.5% of the total) are still not ready for today's transition. Even so, articles like this one in the LA Times are predicting that the transition should be a big yawn.

As a matter of interest, I did a bit of digging about for the predictions of how many HDTV's would be sold by the transition. When the  Digital TV Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 was being debated by the US Congress, HDTV sales were predicted to jump to a market value of $65 billion by 2009. More interesting, almost half (47%) of US TV households surveyed supposedly were planning to buy an HDTV in 2006.

However, according to Nielsen again, only one out of three TV households currently own a HDTV set. I don't have the latest estimated 2009 HDTV market value (does anyone else have it?) but I doubt it has reached $65 billion.

The next big issue for the US DTV transition will be for those receiving their TV from the cable companies, who over the next few years will be forcing their customers to obtain new cable boxes if they want to use non-digital TV sets or even digital TV sets. That should prove to be increasingly interesting as those with cable have been repeatedly told that they had nothing to worry about in regard to the DTV transition.

That was the truth, but unfortunately, not the whole truth.

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