The death of US Analog TV is scheduled to take place on the 19th of February, 2009. After that date, all US TV programming will be broadcast digitally. AOL reports that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will offer every US household up to two $40 coupons that residents can apply to purchasing set-top converter boxes that will translate digital signals into analog format, so people can continue to watch their TVs using free over-the-air signals.
The article suggests that the NTIA plans to offer up to 33,750 coupons. That’s just a wee bit short of the 73 million TVs in America–even if most of those TVs are already hooked up to cable or satellite.
My parents and most of my relatives and friends are completely unaware of the upcoming analog-to-digital revolution. I wonder how well this NTIA plan will help them make the transition.