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Breaking News: Senate votes to delay DTV transition four months


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#1 OFFLINE   JDubbs413

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:38 PM

msnbc.com: BREAKING NEWS: Senate approves four-month delay in digital TV conversion

Looks like it won't be until at least June now.

EDIT: Link - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28863961/

Edited by JDubbs413, 26 January 2009 - 06:42 PM.
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#2 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:39 PM

I am moving this to the "Broadcast/HDTV" forum.

#3 OFFLINE   JDubbs413

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:40 PM

Thanks I wasn't sure where it should go.
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#4 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:40 PM

Here is the link....http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28863961/

I edit the first post and added it there too.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:40 PM

More like June if it's a 4-month delay, which was expected based on news reports over the weeekend. Oh well, so much for going digital next month!
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:42 PM

And Congress scratches their butts and wonders why no one has faith in them...

A few idiots from Dumbbell, Chicago are too stupid to read what's right in front of their face complain, and we all have to suffer. It really doesn't take much to get Congress to shiver, shreak, and wring their hands in agony. God help this country.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:43 PM

6.5 million people still don't have a clue...
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#8 OFFLINE   GaryPotter

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:45 PM

Screw them.

Seriously, just get a clue morons. I mean, how ignorant can you be?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:49 PM

Screw them.

Seriously, just get a clue morons. I mean, how ignorant can you be?


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#10 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:53 PM

No political discussion please.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:55 PM

Beyond the whole screw up running out of money for converter box vouchers, this is bad news for many TV stations who have planned this out for years and cannot afford to maintain already obsolete transmitter equipment.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:58 PM

Exactly. It's the little stations like KVCR in San Bernardino, CA that really get boned by this one.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:59 PM

Hopefully the house passes their own version with a different date, then this delay can go into committee and get stalled before the current deadline of Feb. We shall see. Love our gov't, as if the over 50K job losses today should not be the focus of Congress.
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:59 PM

The voucher program ran out of money. There are several million people on the waiting list for vouchers. Just because not everyone has the bucks to spend on tv tech like most forum members doesn't mean the less fortunate don't matter. Let's try to have some compassion.

As for "morons", there are millions of seniors who barely understand how analog tv works, much less digital. A bit more time to help them convert is not such a burden.
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#15 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

Folks, I made my above post because this type of discussion can get political very fast and I have already deleted a couple of posts. Please leave out the political discussion.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

relax!! why is everyone so angry about this? really? how does this effect any of you?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

Absolutely ridiculous! So in 4 months we'll have the same issue... people havent gotten their boxes. In the meantime, broadcasting suffers because the stations are forced to broadcast on machines they didnt repair and frequencies that could be sold...
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:01 PM

A solution is for the Gov. to provide a large screen HDTV 1080p to every citizen with some of the $800 Billion bailout monies! Actually, by the time June gets here, the date will get pushed to the 12th of neveruary:)

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:02 PM

In four months it will be the same thing. Just go ahead and switch.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:03 PM

The voucher program ran out of money. There are several million people on the waiting list for vouchers. Just because not everyone has the bucks to spend on tv tech like most forum members doesn't mean the less fortunate don't matter. Let's try to have some compassion.

As for "morons", there are millions of seniors who barely understand how analog tv works, much less digital. A bit more time to help them convert is not such a burden.



I am waiting for the new Congress to revise the program so the remaining "poor" without a converter box get a new voucher for a wide screen TV instead of a lousy converter box.

On the flip side, the ignorant aren't likely to smarten up in four months and there will be someone whining that they need ANOTHER delay to allow the ignorant to get their converter boxes.




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