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TV_AntennaJune 12 is the day TV stations shut off their analog signals and complete their transition to digital programming. The government has spent more than $2 billion on converter box subsidies and education, and free setup assistance has been provided by AmeriCorps, firefighters and others.

So I was a little surprised to get a call from a family member asking if she was going to lose her programs – especially since she already has cable. Apparently she was worried because of what was said in a somewhat overwrought Time Warner Cable TV ad.

Nielsen reports 3 million homes are completely unprepared for the transition, out of the 114 million households with a television set. I now know of one household no longer on that list.

(Title lyric from the underappreciated Wildhearts.)

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Written by chris

June 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

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