Some Homes Still “Totally Unprepared” for DTV Transition
The number of U.S. households who are ready for the analog signal shutoff in February 2009 has exceeded 90 percent for the first time- but the number of homes unprepared remains in the millions. That’s according to statistics released Wednesday by the Nielsen Co., as cited by the Hollywood Reporter.
The study, which is being conducted periodically up until the transition, found that 9.4 percent of households are “completely unprepared,” while an additional 12.6 percent of “partially unprepared.” Those numbers, respectively, stood at 10 and 13.1 percent when the previous numbers were released in February.
Households that watch large amounts of TV are more likely to be prepared than those that watch less, while Spanish-speaking households are less likely be ready than those who are not. Geographically, the most ready TV markets include New Haven and Hartford, Conn., New York City and Atlanta; the least ready are Milwaukee, Salt Lake City and Portland.