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...
The frequencies have already been sold. The buyers, according to this Wall Street Journal story, are ok with the delay.
"AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. -- the owners of the lion's share of airwaves freed up by TV's move to digital -- have indicated they can support a one-time, short extension of the transition."