More than 5 million U.S. households, or 4.4% of homes, aren’t ready for the switch to digital television signals, Nielsen Co. said today.
The new numbers were released the day after more than 400 stations threw the switch, ending analog broadcasts. The readiness numbers show improvement from two weeks ago, when 5.1% of homes were not ready for the switch.
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People under 35 years old, African Americans and Hispanics are among the demographics least ready for the switch to digital television.
Albuquerque-Santa Fe ranked as the least ready U.S. market, with 11.7% of households unprepared for the DTV transition, Nielsen said. Houston, Tulsa, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Memphis were among markets where more than 7% of homes would lose signals if the whole country switched to digital broadcasts today.
Hartford and New Haven, Conn., counted as the most prepared market, with 1.2% homes still needing to take action to get ready for the final switch to digital on June 12.