Final part of ASO completed June 12th 2009
All high power analogue TV transmissions were switched off on the 12th June 2009 marking the end of the US transition to DTT. A few low power transmitters still remain but the vast majority made the switch.
Consumers were generally well prepared reports informitv.com.
2.8 million homes were not ready, but that is around half the number some months ago.
Some 800,000 calls were received in the last week from people still confused by the end of analogue television in America. With 4,000 staff standing by on a toll free hotline, the Federal Communications Commission took over 300,000 calls on Friday, the largest number it has ever received in a single day. A third of them were calling about coupons to pay for digital converter boxes. Around another third were from those with problems setting up or using them. Many of these were solved by rescanning for channels
The Commerce Department received over 400,000 requests for coupons on Friday alone, and about 1.5 million over the week. Almost 60 million coupons have been mailed out in total, with a limit of two per household applying. Coupons will be available until the end of July, while supplies last.
Read informitv report at: informitv.com
Item added: 15th June 2009