[mythtv-users] US to postpone analog TV death
caldodge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 02:36:08 UTC 2009
On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM, <jarpublic at gmail.com> wrote:
> what i dont understand is how could ANYONE NOT KNOW this was happening?
>> stations have been broadcasting blurbs at the bottom of the screen
>> *even on cable which makes no sense at all* for a year or more.... are
>> people really THAT blind?
> The primary argument isn't that people don't know about it. It is that
> people aren't ready because the government program to subsidize the
> converter boxes ran out of money two months before the transition date. They
> provided enough funds for everybody who currently is using broadcast tv to
> get 2 converter boxes. However, lots of additional people ordered them. I
> suspect many people are switching to broadcast because the word is getting
> out about the high quality digital signal can provide. Also lots of the
> coupons were ordered and never used, but they haven't expired yet. So they
> wait until they expire and then they issue more with the money that is freed
> up. They should just get it over with, it isn't going to be the end of the
> world if folks can't watch TV for a few weeks.
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The secondary argument is that a key Obama tech advisor (R. Gerard
is the executive VP of a company which will profit handsomely if the
switchover is delayed. See
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