The Great Digital Conversion III

I wasn’t planning to write a series on the analog to , but every day I open the paper (yes, I still read the paper–random access, works on any platform, portable, scalable), I see a new story.

Apparently, the United States is the only country of any size that has decided to do a nationwide switch to digital on the same day. Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and many others smaller than the United States but larger than, say, The Netherlands, are phasing in digital over-the-air broadcast television over a period of years, area by area.

Staggering the switchover really seems to make more sense than doing it all at once. It allows technicians to shoot trouble, learn from mistakes, and target resources efficiently. Probably too late, though.

Read the report here.

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