Digital TV Transition Delayed.....

Digital TV Transition Delayed.....

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    Digital TV Transition Delayed.....

    *sarcasm mode on* Thank you senate!! I guess now all those commercials have to be redone, this won't get confusing at all.

    Senate Unanimously Votes to Push Back Digital TV Transition - Presidential Politics | Political News -

    Senate Unanimously Votes to Push Back Digital TV Transition

    WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 -- setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.

    Monday's Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay amid growing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 changeover.

    The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals could see their TV sets go dark next month if the transition is not postponed.

    "Delaying the upcoming DTV switch is the right thing to do," said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., author of the bill to push back the deadline. "I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition at this time."

    The issue now goes to the House, where Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has vowed to work with House leaders to bring Rockefeller's bill up for a floor vote on Tuesday.

    President Barack Obama earlier this month called for the transition date to be postponed after the Commerce Department hit a $1.34 billion funding limit for government coupons that consumers may use to help pay for digital TV converter boxes. The boxes, which generally cost between $40 and $80 each and can be purchased without a coupon, translate digital signals back into analog ones for older TVs.

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the arm of the Commerce Department administering the program, is now sending out new coupons only as older, unredeemed ones expire and free up more money. The NTIA had nearly 2.6 million coupon requests on a waiting list as of last Wednesday.

    Jonathan Collegio, vice president for the digital television transition for the National Association of Broadcasters, argues that the Nielsen numbers may overstate the number of viewers who are not ready for the digital transition. He noted that the numbers exclude consumers who have already purchased a converter box but not yet installed it, as well as those who have requested coupons but not yet received them.

    What's more, consumers who subscribe to cable or satellite TV service or who own a TV with a digital tuner will not lose reception.

    Still Gene Kimmelman, vice president for federal policy at Consumers Union, argues that millions of Americans -- particularly low-income and elderly viewers -- will pay the price because "the government has failed to deliver the converter boxes these people deserve just to keep watching free, over-the-air broadcast signals."

    In 2005, Congress required broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals, which are more efficient, to free up valuable chunks of wireless spectrum to be used for commercial wireless services and interoperable emergency-response networks.

    Republicans in both the House and Senate have raised concerns that a delay would confuse consumers, burden wireless companies and public safety agencies waiting for the airwaves that will be vacated and create added costs for television stations that would have to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals.

    Paula Kerger, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service, estimates that delaying the digital TV transition to June 12 would cost public broadcasters $22 million.

    But Rockefeller managed to ease some of these concerns by allowing broadcast stations to make the switch from analog to digital signals sooner than the June deadline if they choose and by permitting public safety agencies to take over vacant spectrum that has been promised to them as soon as it becomes available.

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    As some of you may know, I am a Television Broadcast Engineer. And I am the guy at my station who takes care of the Transmitter site.

    As much of a pain in the butt as this might be for those of you out there who are not complete morons, believe me when I say that there are many, many, many, many, many, many ,many, many, many, many, many, many, many morons out there who have no clue at all that A. Analog TV is going to be shut off at some point and B. How they will get their moving "pichers" out of their magic box when it happens.

    My God, the calls we get on a daily basis from the viewers out there who are completely panicked about this. I swear there are zombies out there sitting in houses watching TV because these people are not smart enough to be living humans. And the real scary part is, most of them are DRIVING CARS on the road with all of us!!! If you aren't smart enough to be able to operate a regular TV you should not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle!

    Sorry....I'll stop ranting before I REALLY get going......... A little extra time for these people can only help.
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    What a terrible mistake. I hate that our politicians think they should do this. We're already the laughing stock of the world for having waited as long as we did; just do it already and get it over with.

    What I find interesting is that no one seems to care about our 2A and other rights, but when it comes to something like television, suddenly somehow is "entitled" to a converter box coupon. I didn't see the part where TV was a pre-existing right.

    But yea, I see TN Mike's point as well. Bah! Sorry, as a technie nerd I get frustrated with stupid people really fast too, especially when it impedes technological progress

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    Those same bunch of idiots will be there no matter when they switch over. They may as well do it now and get it over with.
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    My only complaint is that I will no longer have an emergency TV come tornado season.

    Sure I can buy one that I can carry in my pocket and will last two hours, but where do you put the batteries when it goes dead? That's right you have to plug it in to charge it up. (not when the power lines are down )

    Don't get me wrong. This is a problem with suppliers of emergency TV's, not with the system.
    I've already come to understand that I won't be ready. Go ahead and shut 'er down.

    Heck I can only get two digital channels here anyway. Let someone else have my coupons, I'll be listening to the radio as usual.

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    It will be all right now Obama has time to deliver and hook up those boxes for all his poor, STUPID followers.
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    We've been watching the commercials for a year. If people haven't been able to get the message the switch should still be made. After the date the analog should just run mental help commercials. What happened to responsibility again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    Sorry....I'll stop ranting before I REALLY get going......... A little extra time for these people can only help.
    I liked your rant... but are a few additional months really gonna fix things? I think the government shouldn't have budged on this. I wonder if companies that spent a lot of money (at the gov'ts insistance) to tell people about the transition might end up suing as a result of rendering all those print and broadcast ads no longer useful/accurate.

    And to do it so close to the deadline is only going to confuse the issue more.
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    I don't really watch TV thankfully. I'm not really too worried about the digital thing. Don't care when it happens.

    I'm kinda surprised they are calling this a "big victory" for the Obama's freakin' is this an important pressing issue?

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    I have no idea how anyone that actually watches 1 day of TV does not know this change is coming. They could've paid for the first and second bailout with all of the ads, banners, etc. they have ran for the past 18 months.

    They should go ahead with the switch so that when they call for help they can be put on a list that disqualifies their voter registration.
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