TV Finally Goes Digital

Read this before you hit your set: TV is finally leaving the dark ages in a massive switch from analog to digital—but viewers will have to wait in the dark until it’s complete. Millions of Americans will temporarily lose television reception next week as over 1,000 broadcasters make the switch, a process the government has taken $2 billion to instate. Lower-income neighborhoods, the FCC chairman said, would be the hardest hit, as homes unequipped with satellite services or cable will lose their reception. But if you have cable, you’re in luck: the switch most likely won’t affect your set.