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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter Mouton March 2, 2016

Late adopters can be fast: The case of digital television

  • Henrik Vejlgaard EMAIL logo
From the journal Communications


A nation-wide, in-process study of digital television adoption shows what happens to the innovation-decision period when there is a deadline for phasing-out obsolete technology and simultaneously introducing a new continuing technology. In studies without a deadline the innovation-decision period gets longer with time. In this study, with a deadline the innovation-decision period gets shorter with time. If there is a clear-cut date for discontinuing an analogue service and introducing a new continuing digital service, late adopters can act fast and adopt the new digital technology in time for a deadline. This is contrary to their normal behavior. In the classic diffusion research late adopters were both socially and communicatively isolated. It is suggested that today late adopters may be socially – but not communicatively – isolated.

Published Online: 2016-3-2
Published in Print: 2016-3-1

©2016 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin Boston

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