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Digital Deadline Fever

The press has caught deadline fever with more and more articles written every day about the February 2009 switchover to all-digital broadcasts. From just the last few days:

The question is, are most consumers paying the slightest attention? I asked my neighbors, who have no cable TV and just signed up for high-speed Internet via DSL a few months ago, whether they knew about the DTV deadline. I was surprised to find out that they do (and aren’t thrilled by the idea of buying converter boxes for their six analog TVs). TV Technology also gives some cause for hope. An article from last month cites evidence showing that news of the DTV transition has finally started to trickle down to local media reports, where it’s probably most likely to be seen by analog TV viewers.

As a side note, my neighbors have also heard of DVRs, though the word “TiVo” only produced blank stares. (This shocked me.) A good reminder that the blogosphere doesn’t reflect the American mainstream.

3 Responses

  1. […] we can safely say that DVRs are officially mainstream as of 2007. In addition to the fact that my thoroughly-non-tech neighbors have heard of the concept, the actual term “DVR” has just been added to Merriam-Webster’s list of new words. Brad […]

  2. […] There is anxiety about the upcoming digital transition […]

  3. For quite sometime now, I too have grown to hate the screen shrink when that feeder starts running across the top of my tv…”HDTV Alert, the FCC requires that all broadcast stations advise their consumers about…”
    It usually comes in during Seinfeld at 6:0pm here in the Hawaiian islands, annoying as it is. But now I view it with pride, because to me it is a countdown that I look forward to each and every night.
    The switch over date is January 15th, just 5 days short of President Elect Obama’s Inauguration on the 20th. When I see that warning on my screen, it say how many days until the switch. I add 5 days and relish in the fact that this will be the day that we are finally BUSH FREE! YAY!!!!!! So in my household, it is a countdown to CHANGE alright!

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