Senate Votes to Delay Transition to Digital TV

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Good.

The process of converting America’s televisions from analog to digital was flawed from the start, with bizarre government discount coupons to help defray the cost of purchasing a digital converter boxes rigged to expire after 90 days thus rendering them valueless.

In what is the most far-reaching change to the nation’s television viewing since the switch to color broadcasting, the Bush administration managed to screw this up as well.

There’s an estimated 6.5 analogs televisions still left in the U.S., according to the Nielson company. The four month delay to June 12 is seen as a victory for President Obama who argued that too many Americans won’t be ready for the scheduled Feb. 17 changeover.

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12 Responses to Senate Votes to Delay Transition to Digital TV

  1. VicoDANIEL says:

    Most effected by the conversion to digital are the elderly and the poor.

    The notion that the Feds would mail you a discount coupon worth $40 dollars but if you waited 91 days the coupon was worthless is crazy. But crazy is what we came to expect from the bird brains in the former Bush junta.

    I went to a thrift store a few weeks ago to look for a table and I’ve never seen to many old style TV sets on the floor. People are dumping them like contaminated jars of peanut butter.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  2. Peace Nick says:

    What was the purpose of making the discount coupons expire? I don’t understand it.

    For many people, buying a converter box isn’t a top priority to begin with. Not if you’re dealing with illness, kids or looking for a job.

    Obama is 100% for pushing this one through the House.

  3. retahyajyajav says:

    I saw a digital converter box for sale at Best Buy and it was priced at $89.00. That’s a lot of coin if your poor or on a fixed income. I read an article in USAToday that said the government had run out of the discount coupons and could not afford to issue more until the current coupons were used or expired. This is exercise in madness.

  4. Hi Peace Nick,

    I think the point behind the Bush administration issuing coupons with an expiration date is they hoped by doing this, it would force Americans to buy converter boxes.

    The problem is, life happens and other expenses present themselves like paying medical bills, utilities and medical costs.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    My grandparents still have an old analog TV and they’re so stubborn that they refuse to part with it. We’re going to have to buy them a digital converter box or they won’t have TV after June 12th!

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  7. BradFrmPhnx says:

    This is good for the folks who will need more time. Although I find that odd. I also find odd the fact that included in Obama’s stimulis plan is 800 million dollars for these converters. That’s a lot of coin. There are other things hidden in the stimulis plan, that we could probably do without for a few years, until we at least get working again. This is my first criticisms of the man. Everything else he is doing is a breath of clean, fresh, and transparant air.

  8. Idaho Librul says:

    I have a question? I’m all for progress and I love new technology but what the hell are we going to do with all of these old, analog television sets?

    According to the article, 6.5 million people still have analog televisions. Let’s say for the sake of this discussion, a fourth get rid of them and buy digital sets.

    That means 1.6 million analog sets will be left on the curb for the trash people to pick-up. Can we afford to put that many television sets in already disappearing landfill? Isn’t this an environmental nightmare?

  9. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I vote for dumping the old TVs on Cheney’s ranch in Wyoming and Bush’s ranch in Crawford.

  10. Fran says:

    We are analog holdouts, and our coupons expired before we could use them. We asked if we could return them (proof they had not been used), but we were told no, nor would they issue new ones.
    By the way, these were not paper coupons- they were like a credit card with some kind of tracking device on them. Must have been expensive to make.

    Meanwhile our DVD player bit the dust, so we replaced it with a VCR/DVD/Converter combo.

    Another thought- some of those 200,000 people who lost jobs this month alone, may eventually find themselves having to cancel Cable or Dish & be in a situation of needing a converter box.

    Plus Obama needs TV face time… he will be delivering the State of the Union address.
    It would be nice to include everyone.

  11. feminazi says:

    I hated the old analog TV sets. They were heavy and hard to move when I clean house. The new flat screen, digital TV sets are not only light as a feather but the picture looks glorious.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    The cabinetry of the big (for their day) color sets could be absolutely beautiful. sigh.

    Of course Chimpy was going to help his corporate pals out again. That’s what the entire Reign of Error was about.

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