Digital Transition? What Digital Transition?

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Digital Transition? What Digital Transition?

Sometimes we just put our heads in a hole, don't we?

According to various recent reports, more than six out of ten of us are unaware of the transition to digital television.

Yes, that's right! The majority of U.S. households that receive television signals over the air are still unaware of the upcoming digital TV transition even though an estimated 22 million of these "over-the-air" homes need to make some kind of digital decision by February 17, 2009, when it's all going to be digital -- bye-bye analog TV.

(Hey, that's just shy of two years!)

One survey, conducted by the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), revealed that 61% of participants had no idea that this DTV transition was happening.

To get us all a little smarter, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has produced a handy guide to help all of us better understand the transition to digital television. Click here for the PDF.

Here's what all of the excitement is all about:

DTV is a new type of broadcasting technology that will transform television. Because DTV is delivered digitally, the television signal is virtually free of interference. And because DTV is more efficient than analog, broadcasters are able to offer television with movie-quality pictures and surround sound.

Who says change isn't good ...



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