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A 2nd DTV Delay? Ridiculous!


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#26 OFFLINE   tsmacro

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:56 AM

There will always be the select few that will wait till the last possible minute to do anything about it! Kind of like the day before Christmas and every store is packed to the ceiling with "last minute shoppers". Like you just found out Christmas was tommorrow idiot!!!!!



I worked in a phone office for a couple years and I was amazed at the number of people who wouldn't pay their bill each month until their service was shut off. And it was the same people every month, we'd do the disconnect for non-pay and sure enough the same regulars would come into the office to pay their bill and get their service restored. Mind you they got charged a reconnect fee each time too, so they were spending more money every month just because they couldn't or wouldn't pay the bill on time. And sure there's issues with people not having enough money to pay their bills but with these people obviously they had the money because they'd come in to pay the bill everytime on the same day it got turned off. So in my experience the only way to motivate some people to do something is turn off their service and they'll finally get off their couches and do something about it. So the best thing that could happen for those who are still "unready" for DTV is to turn off analog broadcasts.


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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:16 AM

I am starting to find it sickening that TV is that important, and if it is that important you should figure out how it works a tiny bit and take the warnings that have been going on for months, and even years in some cases, seriously.

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#28 OFFLINE   zman977

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:42 AM

If we waited for "everyone to be ready" each time something new came along we'd never have progress. There are always people who will be left behind when things change. It is a fact of life. I don't know where this. "we have to wait till everyone is ready" mentality came from but it needs to end now. It is a fact of life. some people are gong to be left behind. If five percent of the population is not ready. Too bad.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:08 AM

If we waited for "everyone to be ready" each time something new came along we'd never have progress. There are always people who will be left behind when things change. It is a fact of life. I don't know where this. "we have to wait till everyone is ready" mentality came from but it needs to end now. It is a fact of life. some people are gong to be left behind. If five percent of the population is not ready. Too bad.


Zman - you're preaching to the choir here about that - personally - I'm a bit disappointed that more stations didn't tell the FCC to stick it and shutoff anyway.

In anything else - a 95% readiness would be looked at as great success.
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:44 PM

Zman - you're preaching to the choir here about that - personally - I'm a bit disappointed that more stations didn't tell the FCC to stick it and shutoff anyway.

In anything else - a 95% readiness would be looked at as great success.


I agree 100%.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:16 AM

Uh, no. But I do remember 2006 as a cut-off year, but I don't believe we were anywhere near ready by that year, but given the fact that it's hard to find a SDTV in stores any more, there was no compelling reason to delay the Feb. 17, 2009 date for the ~ 5% who hadn't prepared for the analog cut-off. A 95% majority and you can't get it done?! Effen ridiculous!


The original cutoff wasn't a fixed date at all. The original cutoff date was the be done market by market. The cutoff would happen in each TV market area when 85% of the households had a digital TVs. This originally didn't include those who still have an analog TV and connected to cable of satellite. The broadcasters pressured the congress to include cable and satellite users to speed up the cutoff. When that wasn't fast enough for the broadcasters, they pressured the FCC and congress to come up with a fixed date. If the original plan had held up, we wouldn't be talking about the shutoff at this time and the government would not have the expense of those converter boxes to add to all our other current problems.

Edited by samhevener, 25 February 2009 - 04:33 AM.

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