Entries in digital (2)


What Does the iPhone 5 Mean to You?

Check out my podcast interview with my colleagues Stephan Merkens and Patrick Donnelly on the updates to the new iPhone from Apple and what it means to companies and consumers.


So Long, Analog TV

Today marks the day that U.S. broadcasters will need to shut off their analog broadcast transmitters. More specifically, they have until 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning (coincidentally the same time as the Facebook vanity URL availability). It's been a nice run for a media transmission method that's lasted since 1928.

There are still an estimated millions of TV viewers (many elderly and poor) who are still unprepared for today's switch to digital TV transmissions. For those users with cable TV, satellite TV, fiber delivery, or <2-year-old TVs with digital tuners, this won't be an issue -- business as usual. But for those who still use their old tube televisions with an antenna, the forecast calls for snow.

What I would hope to see is something very smart that DirecTV does. I wish that cable and fiber providers would eliminate the standard-definition channels in lieu of their high-def equivalents. For instance, Comcast and Verizon have channel 4 (NBC affiliate in New York City) and channel 504 (high-def digital channel for WNBC) in their channel line-up. However, DirecTV has a menu option whereby you can opt to not show the standard-definition version of WNBC-TV and use their "channel 4" to display WNBC-DT (aka channel 4.1) only. I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow.

So my prediction for tomorrow is that millions of old people will be headed to Radio Shack tomorrow to pick up their digital converter boxes that they should have gotten 4 months ago, and millions of young people will be whining about Facebook on Twitter.