I flick the channels one by one
June 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.)