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Jan 30 2009   1:24PM GMT

Overheard – Who’s not ready for DTV?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

This is a surprise: Baby Boomers and older Americans are better prepared for the switch over to digital television than younger people.

Paul Briand, Baby Boomers better prepared for TV switch

Nielsen said it measured the preparedness for the upcoming transition to all-digital broadcasting and how many households would be unable to receive any television programming at all if the transition occurred on Jan. 22, the day of the survey’s posting.

It said 4.0 percent of Americans 55 and older were unready for the transition, while 8.8 percent of Americans 35 and younger were not prepared.

According to Nielsen, a total of 6.5 Americans (5.7 percent) aren’t ready for the switch to digital television, which is scheduled for Feb. 17.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why our Senate voted to delay the switch to digital TV.

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