The early digital transition in Wilmington, NC proved that this extension is a critical ingredient in a successful national transition. If the Wilmington experience is typical, millions of consumers will be unprepared for the transition on February 17 and will be looking for a speedy solution when they look for their favorite morning news show on February 18.
If you ask me, standard definition television is going the way of black and white. It will be a lot sooner than many have anticipated that HD will be the standard format. The cost of HDTV's continues to drop and more and more networks and program producers are converting to HD. The challenge for cable operators is to continue to groom our networks to make room for all of the bandwidth-consuming HD networks as quickly as possible.