Nearly 50% Of TV Owners In U.S. Not Ready For Digital Switch

June 11, 2008

According to a new report released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office, nearly 50% of TV owners in the U.S. are not ready to switch to the new digital format..Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new report released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office, nearly 50% of TV owners in the U.S. are not ready to switch to the new digital format.

As of February 17, 2009, broadcasting companies in the U.S. will change their formats from an analog signal to digital.

The problem though is that there are still 70 million TV sets in the U.S. which use antennas to receive these analog signals.

Without a converter box, consumers will not be able to get the new digital signals.

TV owners in the U.S. will have to either get a converter box, purchase a digital TV, or get a cable or satellite service.

Reports state that up to 50% of the TV owners in the U.S. are not ready for this switch.

The government program has already started to issue $40 coupons to consumers to allow them to buy converter boxes. The coupons though have a three-month expiration date, meaning consumers may lose their coupon if they do not act quickly.

Out of the original 800,000 coupons given out, nearly half have expired.


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