If you discount the nearly 100,000 calls the Federal Communications Commission received from consumers Friday and the more than 300,000 calls the FCC received Saturday, the transition to full digital TV broadcast in the U.S. went rather well. No big problems were reported, and most of the calls to the FCC supposedly had to do with minor difficulties with antennas or converter boxes.
It is possible as many as 2 million people weren't ready for the switch, but apparently they are not complaining much. Maybe they just don't watch much TV and haven't noticed yet. If they do decide they want to join the 21st Century, the federal government still has converter box coupons available until July 31.
It is not clear yet how much cable TV, telco TV and satellite TV player gained from the transition, which put many consumers in play shopping for a new service, but we are bound to hear about some DTV-influenced subscriber stats in upcoming second quarter earnings reports.
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