HD broadcast rollover postponed to June 12? 29 replies

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Mastershroom VIP Member

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#11 10 years ago

Junk angel;4786201Wait 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?

The government used to offer coupons, until they ran out of money.

Why doesn't this monet rather go to something that's actually worthwhile? Like medical care.

Because this is 'merica, and socializing medical care would lead to communism, and then all our honest hard-working rich people wouldn't be able to afford their own TV's or converter boxes.




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#12 10 years ago
Junk angel;4786201 Why doesn't this monet rather go to something that's actually worthwhile? Like medical care.

I believe it is because the change to digital is government mandated, so they figured they ought to cover it.




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#13 10 years ago

That, and its a little cheaper to give everyone $40 for a converter box rather than spending thousands of dollars per person for health care.




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#14 10 years ago

They should just change it now, instead of continually pushing back the date. Cause otherwise, we'll NEVER get there!!

And for some people the only thing that will get them off their is if there TVs don't work anymore and they have to go get a converter or something. Some people really are that lazy...:rolleyes:




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#15 10 years ago

Laughing Cheese;4786319They should just change it now, instead of continually pushing back the date. Cause otherwise, we'll NEVER get there!!

And for some people the only thing that will get them off their is if there TVs don't work anymore and they have to go get a converter or something. Some people really are that lazy...:rolleyes:

Don't count on it, Obama is pushing the delay hard and last word I just heard from a local volunteer group that is going around educating people on the latest info about this is that the House is going to vote on it again, this time only requiring a minority vote to pass, vs a 2/3 majority. Keep in mind too, Obama all along has postured himself as a for the people struggling kind of person, so he'll likely not give up easily on this.

Sorry to anyone whom assumed this was a worldwide effort to make converter boxes more affordable, but I thought it was rather clear when I said Obama, the Senate, and the House are deciding on the conversion date that I was speaking in terms of what's going on in the US specifically as far as the digital broadcast rollover and the coupon program.

I understand many are impatient, but most of us here are not likely in the kind of financial situation those on the coupon waiting list are whom don't yet have digital TVs. For many an inexpensive TV is their primarly source of news and emergency broadcast info. These are the people Obama is concerned about being left in the dark.

This all wouldn't have likely escalated into the situation it is now had there been more funds appropriated to the coupons in the first place, but like I said above, the recession has taken quite a toll too. There wasn't nearly as many TVs sold over the holiday season as they'd hoped.




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#16 10 years ago

I feel for those who still have bunny ears and such, but I've truly been looking forward to this date for like 6 months now. The mish-mash of signals stretching across our HD sets now is getting a bit tiresome.

Were the coupons listed in the 819B package that just passed? May as well be since we're just throwin' money around like that. lol




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#17 10 years ago
Oblivious;4786369Were the coupons listed in the 819B package that just passed?

I don't know, but it stands to reason since there are lots of people already on the waiting list for them and applications still available to apply for them that gov funding will cover them one way or the other. If they wanted to cut it off they would have stopped accepting applications.

Best deal I've heard of for those whom need it is the Echostar TR-40 box Dish Network is selling for $40. Each household is eligible for 2 $40 coupons, one per box. That means you only have to pay about $13 for shipping to get that one.




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#18 10 years ago
>Omen<;4786346 For many an inexpensive TV is their primarly source of news and emergency broadcast info. These are the people Obama is concerned about being left in the dark.

Has anyone heard of Radios? You can pick them up for $10

Heck, a clock radio. You get - A clock, An Alarm, and a radio




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#19 10 years ago
>Omen< I understand many are impatient, but most of us here are not likely in the kind of financial situation those on the coupon waiting list are whom don't yet have digital TVs. For many an inexpensive TV is their primarly source of news and emergency broadcast info. These are the people Obama is concerned about being left in the dark.

I don't think saving up the little bit of cash for a converter box in two years would be a problem for anybody, regardless of their financial situation. Even unemployed people could save up $50-100 in that amount of time.

Seriously, in two years (since 2007 when they started advertising the switch), they would only have to save $1.04 a week and they would have their converter boxes. They are just waiting for the government to do it for them.




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#20 10 years ago

The reasoning behind the coupons is because it is a federally mandated switch, and as such they have to provide coupons to those who WANT it. It's not like they went ahead and gave it to everyone. If you felt like you needed it, it was available. Issue was that they ran out, and some people got pissed that they kept promising coupons when it was available.

However, they've been warning people many months in advance about this switch, so it's good that they kept the date where it is. Another five months would have just been ridiculous. Personally I think the money for the coupons could have gone somewhere more useful.