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Breaking News: Senate votes to delay DTV transition four months


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#21 OFFLINE   Bob Coxner

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:04 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...


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."

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#22 OFFLINE   GaryPotter

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:04 PM

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


The issue is that it was a hard date. It was said a million times that this was when the transition would happen. Now, at the very last minute, they decide to muddy the waters and change it, thereby completely ruining the plans that just about everyone made. It does absolutely nothing at all to help anyone and only makes everyone involved look stupid.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:09 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'm sorry, these people have seen the daily announcements on TV and numerous articles in the newspapers etc. What part of YOU MUST DO THIS BY FEB 17th don't they understand. I, as a rule, have great compassion for folks like this and am on their side in everything (trying to avoid politics here) but I cannot sympathize with them on this. Everyone knows this deadine was coming. They have NO excuse!
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:11 PM

The only morons are the idiots on here crying "foul". You locals will be digital by Feb. They just don't have to shut off the analog channels then. Serious if your locals aren't broadcasting in digital by now, you must be living in that little town "Deliverence" was filmed in.
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:13 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...


In fact I have a sinking feeling that the switch will never happen. :(
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:17 PM

All is not lost for those of us opposed to the delay (just rip the bandaid off already!) all is not yet lost. Our wonderful government still has to pass the bill in the house and then work on the differences between them before sending it to POTUS, I have confidence that they can screw around with that long enough to miss the deadline! :grin:

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

That figures.:nono2: Now what makes us think that they won't delay it again because were still not ready four months from now? What's the difference February or June? They have been advertising this for months. Too bad if the people are too lazy to go out and get there boxes:mad:
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

The article headline at MSNBC is a bit deceptive. Only the Senate has passed this legislation - it hasn't made it through the House and has not been signed by the President. It may be law in a few days, but right now it's only half-way there at best.

Either way, this thing is stupid. It would be much simpler to allocate more funds for coupons, and will likely have to happen eventually anyway.
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:19 PM

Fox News just claimed it was official:mad:
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:19 PM

The only morons are the idiots on here crying "foul". You locals will be digital by Feb. They just don't have to shut off the analog channels then. Serious if your locals aren't broadcasting in digital by now, you must be living in that little town "Deliverence" was filmed in.


I don't think that's the complaint that most people crying foul (myself included) have... it's that the government is spending more (of our) money to continue to advertise something that's been advertised for, what, 2 years?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:22 PM

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


Because this means 4 more months of those annoying "Digital Conversion coming soon" commercials and crawls....:nono2:

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:24 PM

Wonder if there was this much confusion switching from Beta to Vhs? :lol:

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:24 PM

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


The only way it effects me and most others is that we have had to hear many times a day that the DTV transition is coming, have had to endure many tests to determine who is ready and countless countdown clocks. Looks like the countdown clocks will have to be reset and we'll have to endure more warnings. I can't wait for the transition to happen just so we don't have to hear about it all the time.
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:28 PM

The only way it effects me and most others is that we have had to hear many times a day that the DTV transition is coming, have had to endure many tests to determine who is ready and countless countdown clocks. Looks like the countdown clocks will have to be reset and we'll have to endure more warnings. I can't wait for the transition to happen just so we don't have to hear about it all the time.


Maybe one more comment, buy a DVR and skip the commercials, move the picture on your screen so you can't see the crawls, it will be OK.... :lol:
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:29 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.

How about March 17th/18th? Let that go to conference committee.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:30 PM

I hear the number is 6.5 million, but wonder where that came from. I think the best thing they could do is shut down the analogs for a couple of days and see the true effect. Once everybody is aware of how well prepared folks are, they can turn the analogs back on and let them know that, due to demand, the date has been extended for four months.

Honestly though, if you really watch TV, you've known this is coming and should have been prepared. The fact that so many are now on a waiting list surprises me.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:30 PM

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

What really gets my goat is just the fact that so many people are applying for that coupon in the first place. I bet 90% of them could easily buy one with their own money.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

There are people on this forum who it affects negatively. Any station owner/employee. I mean if a station has to spend 10's of thousands of dollars over the 4 months to maintain old equipment, 2 separate signals, and fund all that ridiculous advertising, what's to say that station won't cut jobs to make their budgets?

My own personal gripe (I realize somewhat rare) is that I have a digital signal I should be able to get, completely blocked by the ridiculousy powerful adjacent analog signal. I've been waiting 2 years for this switch to figure out if my situation would improve by the analog signal going away. I guess I'll have to wait more before deciding on getting new equipment.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:33 PM

What really gets my goat is just the fact that so many people are applying for that coupon in the first place. I bet 90% of them could easily buy one with their own money.


That wasn't the point of the program. People wouldn't have to purchase a DTV converter if the transition wasn't mandated... can't punish people because the government wants to sell airwaves. So they created an equitable solution.

What gets my goat is people that get the coupons that don't need DTV boxes.




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