Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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.