Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
300,000 May Be Unprepared for Digital
Monday, January 26, 2009
New York, NY –
About 300,000 New Yorkers still use analog "rabbit ear" antennae to get their TV signals, according to the mayor. He stood with several local TV news anchors at City Hall to urge these holdouts to get digital signal converter boxes, before the February 17th deadline. That's when all TV stations will switch to digital signals only, ending their analog transmissions. Bloomberg is against Congress extending the deadline:
BLOOMBERG: You're going to have exactly the same problem whether in June as you do today, and it becomes one of these things where the next time they set a date nobody's going to believe it.
The mayor says people can call 3-1-1 for more information about how to get their old TV's to pick up digital signals.