News: Over 2 Million Households Without DTV

News: Over 2 Million Households Without DTV

Range Govindan
Jul 1, 2009

It was inevitable that Americans with over-the-air TVs are slowly realizing the their regular analog service has stopped working and won't return. It's been a few weeks since the DTV transition and there are still about 1.8% of US households that are without digital service, according to data provided by Nielsen.

This means that about 2.1 million households are still without service. This number is down from 2.5 million from last week. Since the June 12th switch from analog to digital signals, only about 400,000 households have successfully secured digital service. The region that is most hit by this is the Albuquerque-Santa Fe region, which still has about 6.22% of all homes without TV service, followed by Austin, Texas, with 4.72%, and Dallas-Forth Worth with 4.4 percent.

Los Angeles still has the largest number of unprepared household at 190,549 or 3.37% of its population. That number is down from last week, when it was at 225,040. About 4% of people under the age of 35 are unprepared, but less than 1% of people over 55 are without digital service. Those numbers tell a tale, but we guess that there is a significant number of younger people who won't ever bother with DTV. They've moved into the digital realm of TV a long time ago, with Netflix, Hulu and YouTube and won't switch on their TVs in a long time. I haven't used a TV in years. [via Gearlog, image by Luna via Creative Commons license]

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