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Nearly 6 million households still not ready for DTV

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According to numbers released just last week by The Nielsen Company, 5.7 million US households are still not prepared for the upcoming DTV transition. Nielsen analysts say this is actually a big improvement from the end of last year when the number was around 7 million. Despite the impressive gains so far in the month of January, a significant percentage of the population is still unprepared ...

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#1
Well I'm still waiting for my coupon. This is what it says straight off of the coupon website

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Your application has been approved. Based on your application approval date of 12/30/2008, your coupon(s) are/were scheduled to mail on 01/15/2009.
They did say it would take up to 10 business days to be delivered, so it's looking like I shouldn't worry until after this Thursday.

What's frustrating though is that I keep reading these stories saying that there's no more money for the coupons, does this include my coupon or not?
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#2
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5.7 million US households are still not prepared... actually a big improvement from the end of last year when the number was around 7 million.
At that rate, maybe everybody will be ready in 6 more years. If the government delays the change-over again, there's no hurry.

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There is no one in charge, and that is cause for concern... no comprehensive plan exists for the DTV transition.
These silly government bureaucrats think the world will come to an end without their "help".

When their TVs stop working, people will go to the store and get a converter box or a new TV, or they'll sign-up for cable... Or maybe they'll find something else to do! It's not such a big deal if a few million people can't watch TV for a few days.
#3
Who are these millions and millions of people not ready?
Obviously, they are not watching the TV's they have otherwise they would know.

Screw 'em. Do it and they'll soon get the equipment they need. No way can anyone claim ignorant, they've been talking about this on a variety of media forms for what, 2 years now?
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When their TVs stop working, people will go to the store and get a converter box or a new TV, or they'll sign-up for cable... Or maybe they'll find something else to do! It's not such a big deal if a few million people can't watch TV for a few days.

Exactly.
#5
I love this agenda driven spin. However, this will likely be the "biggest" non-event since the Y2K scare. The same hysteria is trying to be generated leading up to the switchover.

There has been more than enough information given on the matter. It's been all over OTA programming ad nauseum.

If folks aren't ready, it's because they have chosen not to act. I see no problem at all in the way it was handled. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
#6
Wait a mniute, you mean they are going to wait for more people to become 'prepared' before they go through with it.

Have a nice wait. Most people are either ignoring it or just don't want to deal with it. I say do it, if you're not 'prepared' that's your problem.
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Originally posted by gnovak1:
Wait a mniute, you mean they are going to wait for more people to become 'prepared' before they go through with it.

Have a nice wait. Most people are either ignoring it or just don't want to deal with it. I say do it, if you're not 'prepared' that's your problem.
AMEN!! Some tough love... If we wait for the procrastinators we will be waiting forever.. There has been plenty of warning. Are these the same idiots that won't leave an area when a hurricane or tornado is forcasted and then blame the government when they lose everything. I think so...
#8
1.3 million in a year? what do they think a few more months is going to do? just make the transition!
#9
Amazing the idiots involved with this. Just for all the people who vote Democrat in the US, remember that it is the Democrats and their constituents who are the morons not knowing how to go digital, and the morons who think they need one when they don't. Many of the morons who think they need one already receive cable. Lack of "eduhmuhcation."
#10
First things first. Who are these 7 million people needing the boxes? Do we really have that many people still sitting around watching 3-5 channels on antenna?

Second, I personally know at least 10 people that went out and got boxes even though they had cable. The ads are annoying enough, but apparently they aren't clear enough to get people to understand that you only need a box if you have an antenna.....
#11
I am curious how many people are like my mother in law just waiting for the transition to hit before they do something!? How many just wont change & hoe many that may have been ready to change & get ready wont due to this delay?
#12
atomicxl Suspended due non-functional email address
6 million is chump change. Those 6 million either had their head in the sand (probably don't watch TV anyways) or they procrastinated and now its biting them in the ass. Either, they should be ignored. We need to get this transition over with.
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#14
out of these 6 million households how many actually own or watch tv.
nowadays everything can be watched on a computer or downloaded on a computer anyway.
plus a lot of americans seem to have cable or some form of pay tv anyway.
there more important things to worry about than digital tv anyway.

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