A year after the digital transition [EngadgetHD]
It's been around a year since the transition to digital over-the-air television broadcast, and research firm Retrevo decided to figure out what Americans think about the transition a year out. As it turns out, there's still a question in many minds whether the digital transition was worth it.
Retrevo asked 200 television viewers whether the transition was a good thing. A bare majority of 51% indicated that is was. Twenty-three percent said that it wasn't a good thing and 26 percent still didn't know a year out from the transition.
Of the respondents, 52 percent were unaffected by the transition - they didn't have to change anything about their televisions to continue watching uninterrupted. Forty-one percent had to buy a digital converter box and another 19 percent bought a new television capable of receiving digital over-the-air broadcasts. According to Retrevo 13 percent subscribed to cable or satellite before the transition, 11 percent bought a new antenna and 12 percent ended up with at least one television that went dark as a result of the digital television transition.