Wilmington's DTV Experiment Gets a Green Light
About 15% of Americans still get their TV over-the-air, via antennas, and when the switch to DTV takes place, many of them will require converter boxes. Coupons to subsidize the cost of these boxes are available, with a value of $40. Each household can get 2 of these coupons.
In a press release, the FCC said:
The early digital switch in Wilmington will help assist the FCC and the nation to identify any issues that may need to be addressed prior the nationwide digital television transition on February 17, 2009.Wilmington has slightly less to worry about int that only 7% of its households, or roughly of its homes are still using analog signals.
The FCC is planning a press conference at 10:30 AM EDT tomorrow. An A/V link will be provided here when the conference starts. The switch will be "flipped" at 12 noon.