Television changes today as we know it.
- This is a difficult thing because many people who do not have cable will not be able to watch television programs. People who didn’t have access to a computer to request a free coupon for a digital converter box will no longer receive television channels. It is estimated that 2.5 million households or less than 3% of the tv viewing households are not ready for the change. Cable and satellite television viewers have no problem. Even with the coupon to defray the cost of the converter box, people still had to pay an additional amount. You know that one television that you didn’t think about – the small one in your kitchen or the one in the spare bedroom that is not attached to cable. It won’t work either without a converter box.
- Thirty-one smaller stations that could not upgrade to digital, are just going dark. Some of these are local affiliates while four are public broadcasting stations in Mississippi. Eighteen of those stations are owned by a company that is in bankruptcy.
- For cable and satellite viewers, the change will not make a difference to them. But for others they may simply be left in the dark.