With 98.9 percent of American homes able to receive digital television, the DTV transition is all but complete. Since the June 12 transition, 1.3 million homes went from unprepared to prepared, according to the latest figures from Nielsen released Wednesday (July 29).
Only 1.2 million homes were unable to receive digital signals. Most unready sets are not located in central parts of the house, but in spare bedrooms, kitchens, basements, offices and garages. Income also plays a factor with 54 percent of unready homes earning less than $25,000 per year and 29 percent earning between $25,000 and $50,000.
Some unready homes may not be completely without TV, watching TV via low power stations or spill-in stations broadcasting from Mexico an Canada, which were not required to make the transition June 12. Currently, 59 percent of completely unready homes receive at least one low power or foreign station. On average, homes that receive low power stations have 3.3 stations available to them.
Homes without digital access are not necessarily turning to TV on the Internet. As of mid-July, 60.7 percent of completely unready homes have no Internet access.
Households headed by older adults are the most prepared with less than 1 percent of TV homes in that age group completely unready. Among homes with the head of household under 35, 2.7 percent of homes are completely unready.
There remain a number of markets that lag behind the general population such Albuquerque-Santa Fe, Las Vegas, San Antonio, San Diego and Dallas-Ft. Worth.