As the US analog shutoff
draws inevitably closer, we have all ideas that we'll be seeing quite a few other major markets making major pushes
to get the word out
. The next in line is Boston, where all of the local television stations and cable providers have teamed up to "help viewers prepare for the federally mandated shutdown of full-power television analog signals and the transition to digital television (DTV) on February 17, 2009." The so-called 'DTV Day' will take place a week from today from 5:00AM to 7:30PM ET, and during that window, locals will see intermittent daylong crawls on all outlets promoting DTV information, daylong, uninterrupted DTV information on a single, destination station (WGBH-TV analog) and a trio of two-minute "Virtual Shutdown" readiness tests
. Talk about serious -- we didn't even prepare for Y2K like this.
[Image courtesy of Brandeis