Tonight, for all you TV watchers tuning in with rabbit ears, is your last night to enjoy the fine fare on KET.
The statewide network is shutting down its analog transmitter, which means that you’ll have to have cable, satellite, or a digital converter box to see Comment on Kentucky on Friday.
Of course, this was all supposed to happen in February, but the federal government delayed the date because it didn’t feel enough citizens were ready. Now, for the rest of the stations in the market and many in America, it will likely be June 12. The issue gets a lot of press, and plenty of notices on TV. Lawmakers in Washington this week discussed whether or not there would be enough digital converter boxes to meet the demand.
People are getting the message. The latest stats from Neilsen indicate the number of households considered “not ready” for the switch is down to 3.2 percent. In Louisville, it’s 2.9 percent. And really, it’s for those people that local stations are spending thousands of dollars to keep their analog transmitters going.
We’ve written a lot, right here, about how local GMs like Fox41’s Bill Lamb think we should have already made the switch, reasoning that anyone who’s not ready will never be ready until the day they turn on the TV and get snow.
It would be interesting to hear, from anyone reading The Ville Voice, if you’re still not ready, and if so, why.