50% of US own digital TVs/New FCC digital transition rules.
- Happy New Year!Two items of interest:1 - From the SF Chronicle and the CNet News Blog:Record ownership for digital TVsPosted by Candace LombardiMore than 50 percent of households in the U.S. own a digital television, according to preliminary report results released Friday by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).The organization, known for its annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, predicted that digital television manufacturers will post an 11 percent growth totaling more than $25 billion for 2007. For 2008, the group expects 32 million more television units to ship, with 79 percent of those televisions being HDTVs.CEA plans to release the full findings of its state-of-the-television-industry report at a presentation given by CEA analyst Steve Koenig on January 5. The 2008 International CES is scheduled to take place January 7-10.2 - On December 31, the FCC released new rules which they hope will further guide the digital transition to completion. Stations will have to file a new form (Form 387) to document their progress and timeline for getting their analogs off the air on 2-17-09. They also may reduce or turn off their analog operation early if needed to ensure that their digital operation is fully operational on their post transition channel by 2-17-09. It's quite an extensive release with lots of information.For those interested in reading the new rules, here's a link to them:LarrySF