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Breaking News: Senate passes another DTV Delay Act, Goes to House Floor

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by James Long, Jan 29, 2009.

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  1. Jan 29, 2009 #1 of 216
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003

    Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date
    Bill expected to be sent to the House for consideration under regular rules
    John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/29/2009 5:26:03 PM MT

    An aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller confirms that the Senate has once again passed a bill changing the DTV transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12.

    The bill, which again passed by unanimous consent--no Senator objected--contains a couple of fixes made in the House to language pertaining to budget rules and first responder communications.

    The bill is expected to be sent to the House for consideration under regular rules. If the House Rules Committee gets the bill Tuesday, the first day it could, it could get to the House floor by Wednesday, Feb. 4, where a simple majority will be sufficient to pass it.

    It doesn't appear to be any different in description than S.328.
    "--Permits Broadcasters to Continue with Transition Efforts – The bill reaffirms existing law to permit over-the-air broadcast television stations to voluntarily switch from analog to digital service before June 12, 2009. "

    Full text should be available in the morning.
  2. Jan 29, 2009 #2 of 216
    Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    What the :ramblinon!!!!!

    Is this issue a Zombie or a Vampire? Haven't we :beatdeadhorse: enough on this issue?
  3. Jan 29, 2009 #3 of 216

    LCDSpazz AllStar

    Dec 31, 2008
    So next week the House will just need a simple majority to pass this. We'll be LESS THAN 2 weeks away from the old deadline at that point. So we'll have literally hundreds of random stations shutting down at all sorts of different times between now and mid-June. Wow, THAT won't confuse anyone. :nono2:
  4. Jan 30, 2009 #4 of 216
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    January 29, 2009 5:06 PM
    DTV Date Switch Facilitated by Senate
    By Ira Teinowitz

    The prospects for a delay of the switch to all-digital broadcast TV signals increased as the Senate approved a revised piece of legislation that would permit pushing back the Feb. 17 DTV deadline.

    With no debate, the U.S. Senate [strike]unanimously[/strike] passed [by unanimous consent] the bill in anticipation of a House of Representatives vote next Tuesday to delay the transition to June 12.


    The bid to delay the national changeover comes as a number of the nation’s 1,800 stations are quietly making the switch to digital. The Federal Communications Commission said tonight that 133 TV stations have already switched to digital-only signals, with another 67 set to switch before Feb. 17 and 93 to switch at midnight Feb. 17, whatever happens with the delay legislation.​
    Unanimous consent corrected in quote. (Broadcasting & Cable got it right. An administration quote in the article got it wrong. Doesn't the former Senator from Illinois understand "unanimous consent"?)

    BTW: In a previous article (about the first senate bill) -
    Nine out of 10 station managers interviewed by TelevisionWeek said they oppose the delay,​
  5. Jan 30, 2009 #5 of 216

    neljtorres Godfather

    Jul 15, 2004
    Again with this bill! This is like a vampire! I don't know what they want to do with this crap because a lot of station managers want to turn off the analog signal. And with if they pass the crappy bill and 95% of the stations owners decided to turn off the analog signal on feb 18! This is a waist of time and money watch they will be still people complainig on June!
  6. Jan 30, 2009 #6 of 216
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Eh, Who cares.... Not a big problem for anyone on this forum... Is anyone going to die or even loose sleep if your analog chanel stays lit longer? Like I've said before all your locals should be digitial aswell by now.....
  7. Jan 30, 2009 #7 of 216

    samhevener Godfather

    Feb 23, 2006
    I really want to see what the new bill says about "first responder" communications.
    Another point, yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer said Channels 3 and 25 will stay analog until June 12 no matter what. I know a retired engineer from channel 3 and he told me the station is having all types of tech problems with their new frequency digital transmitter. Chan 3 is now broadcasting digital on chan 2 and had expected to change to another channel in the teens by now.
  8. Jan 30, 2009 #8 of 216
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    That may explain why I can't pick them up here in Niles. I get 5, 8, & 43 on my AM21 but no 3, 25, or 19... (I never got 19 CBS when it was analog).
  9. Jan 30, 2009 #9 of 216

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    It just goes to show that if you fail once, you can send it through again, with a couple of tweaks, to get it to pass. This is such a waste of resources, since America has had several years to prepare for this...and less than 1% of the people are not ready... :nono:
  10. Jan 30, 2009 #10 of 216

    kwajr Icon

    Apr 7, 2004
    didnt this all start 10 yrs ago may be wrong but either way they have had enough time. and we know it want effect us but we are all sick of the commercials and all at this point so just do it:mad:
  11. Jan 30, 2009 #11 of 216
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Commercials, what commercials, I mean since I have 4 DVRS I never watch commercials... Maybe you should upgrade your receivers then you won't have to watch those things.... I mean DVRS have been around for 10+ years you mean you haven't got atleast one yet?
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    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    I really just think there are more important things our government should be focusing time and resources on right now.
  14. Jan 30, 2009 #14 of 216
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Folks, let's not get into a discussion of what the government should and should not do. We've issued enough infractions the last few days. Let's keep it to the topic of the DTV transition.
  15. Jan 30, 2009 #15 of 216

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    Unless you have an analog DVR you needn't worry about the conversion. :grin:
  16. Jan 30, 2009 #16 of 216

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    So is it 20 million or 6.5 million household not ready? Does anyone really know? Both quotes are from the same article.

  17. Jan 30, 2009 #17 of 216

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Grrrrr... :(
  18. Jan 30, 2009 #18 of 216

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    [Mod edit: redacted quote of deleted post]

    Well I guess that's easy enough to say, and believe me I'm totally against the DTV delay as well. But while remaining politcally neutral on the issue I have to admit that if I were in government and faced with daunting reports like this from the FCC as linked in the CGC Communicator (issue #871):


    I honestly can't say I wouldn't have voted for the delay myself if I were in their shoes up on capitol hill.
  19. Jan 30, 2009 #19 of 216

    stewp97 AllStar

    Mar 29, 2006
    Either way, it doesn't really matter. That number will be the same no matter when the government decides to switch. It will only be after the people loose there signal that they will do anything about it. What a waste of time. :rolleyes:
  20. Jan 30, 2009 #20 of 216
    Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    The only way some of the 1% of people not ready will actually go take care of THEMSELVES is for their TV to turn to static. Then they'll have to get off their a** and do something about it.
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