As many as three million households in the US are likely to find they won’t be able to watch The Simpsons this Friday as analog TV services will be switched off.
The move was postponed from earlier this year because then there were around five million households affected. The FCC has spent over $70 million since then to help boost awareness of the switch. It also provided a free installation program for viewers of the analog channels who wanted to use set top boxes.
If you count the coupon scheme the US government introduced to help defray the costs of installation, the total cost of the switch off comes to several billion dollars. In some areas of the United States, TV stations have already switched off their analog channels.
If only there was anything decent on TV to watch, the expenditure involved might, just might have been worth it.