Just ask folks you know at work... See how many are educated on this issue.
For folks in the greatest country in the world, a lot our fellow citizens are pretty clueless about anything technical. dbstalk.com isn't exactly a good snapshot of the US Citizenry.
We really shouldn't go down that road.
People specialize in different areas, and honestly Analog vs Digital is gets pretty technical in discussion.
The vast majority of people just want it to work.
You could say the same about GSM vs CDMA, heck a lot of "geeks" don't really know the difference to that one.
I may know how to wire a network, and how to setup a Digital Converter box. But I would be up a creek without a paddle, if I had to replace the fuel injector in my car.
This greatest country in the world, is a country of people that work together and specialize. Trading one skill for another, since no one can know it all.
Ask most people at my work, and they are pretty upto date on the digital conversion. But most of them have long since abandonded arial/analog antennas and subscribe to an provider service.
Hopefully in a lot of those cities, where it is "you go first" so we can then get to our permanent slot, they go ahead with their plans as honestly, those are the ones that are getting really hosed by this delay.
The coupon's runing out of money. Honestly, I think the coupon structure was the STUPIDEST thing in the world. The government should have had a bidding processes. Selected one or two companies to make a box, that people could have gotten for free (the government paid a FIXED amount).
Or some variation of that. No administration company to administer the coupons. No coupons to mail and get lost. Raw numbers, fixed amounts.
Other companies (and even those that won the bid) would have been more then welcome to make more advanced boxes and sell them for what ever price they wanted to.
And the mornoic notion, that we should now (as a taxpaying public) start to pay for new TV's. That is nuts, and I don't think enough in the government would want to swallow that pill to make it even a viable discussion.
It is not the end of the world. Some stations and areas ARE going to be inconvienced by this. I agree with others, 4 months from now. You are not going to see any major change in that 6 million figure.