Obama has been pushing for it for months, the Senate just unanimously passed it, and only the House needs to vote on it. Rumor has it the House could have voted on it as early as today, but no word yet. Supposedly the main ones opposing the delay are the House Republicans, but they're hardly the House majority anymore. Word is there has been a proposal made to allow any broadcast stations that may lose money on the delay to switch over anytime they wish after Feb 17th.
Just thought I'd post this in case anyone expecting a Feb 17th complete conversion finds out it won't be the case, though no one knows for sure yet. The main difference between the for and against concerns regarding the delay is that a Feb 17th date may leave millions of TV viewers in the dark after coupon money for converter boxes ran out and that smaller stations may have to absorb costly expenses with a mandatory delay.
Broadcast networks have spent countless millions (or lost the equivalent potential advertising revenues depending on how you look at it) advertising this switch for a year now, just to have it pushed back at the last minute - and by who else but the government. Typical. I suppose they'll "bail out" the networks now too.
We've only been planning this shift for years now. Nice to know we still can't properly prepare nor meet a deadline. :rolleyes: And how is a mere 4 more months going to matter? I foresee another postponement when that date approaches.
Not sure about the ill-prepared, but my 3 HDTVs and I eagerly await the broadcast change... :D
As mentioned, this planning has been going on for years now( I think I first heard about it in 2007). I think an added delay is stupid. The same people that are not ready now will not be ready in June.
Oblivious;4785480...how is a mere 4 more months going to matter?
Initially the 3 yr push back was due to not enough consumers owning digital TVs. This time the only thing holding it up as mentioned is a fairly large percentage of those whom still have analog sets on a waiting list for more converter box coupons. Once more funds are appropriated for coupons, it shouldn't take long to print them out and make them available.
I understand what you guys are saying though. Years of planning and tons of demographic studies yet they couldn't foresee they would need a shitload of coupons for this. I really think a big part of it was the less than expected TV sales over the holidays though.
Even with great prices on TVs advertising the digital broadcast rollover, a lot of consumers have spent cautiously in these times of recession. It wasn't a very good holiday season even in the electronics stores. I mean look at Circuit City, the whole 567 store chain down the drain in a blink of an eye.
Just found this, House Republicans defeated the postponement by 26 votes. So for now the rollover date remains Feb 17th.
[COLOR=Blue]The Associated Press: House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition[/COLOR]
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I really don't see what the big deal is. I've been seeing ads about the switch since 2007, which I think leaves plenty of time for anyone who still uses a bunny-ear TV to buy a $50 or $100 converter box, or better yet, a $100 digital-capable TV.
Yeah, people have had plenty of time to get ready for it. What it comes down to now is people who are just waiting for the goverment to take care of it for them.
18th November 2004
Seriously. If you can't afford a $100 converter box without the government buying it for you, then chances are you have higher financial priorities than TV.
Wait a second, the government actually offered COUPONS for this? To be honest, this is a pub worthy topic.
As far as I know, no one in european countries got any extra cash for a converter box ( if it's the thing that allows a non digital tv to have digital channels), but in the US people do?
Why doesn't this monet rather go to something that's actually worthwhile? Like medical care.