The government passed the bill today to allow the DTV change to be
extended to June 12, rather than Feb 17. This allows us almost 4 more
months before " T H E E N D ".
Geeeezzzz, I might have to disconnect my DTV converter to enjoy the
vintage analog pictures for a few more months.
Now they got to change all those tv commercials that keep telling us
that on Feb 17, our screens will go blank, mini-skirts will be
outlawed, and we will all be thrown back into the dark ages where we
will all be forced to sit around an old Crosley or Atwater Kent radio
to get our news, and we will all have to move into log cabins or
caves, build outhouses, and trade in our cars for a horse and buggy.
Thank you God, and
Thank you president Obama !!!!
no doubt the 3 million who are losing all TV permanetely because
digital doesnt work from their locations will be pleased. numbers are
from FCC themselves
plus the folks who ordered coupons that never arrived / program ran
out of money.
and those whos coupons expired for whatever reason.
the low power stations who will remain analog will be happy too they
may retain some viewers.
whats the rush? not like the bandwith is critical at this time to
forget free wireless internet for everyone, forget essential services
like police and fire.
the bandwith got bought for cell phone service...........
The people who will "lose TV permanently" will do so only by their
choice. They can go to satellite.
Yep, might cost them a bit but...
The delay will also be an economic loss for those who bought the freed
up space plus for the TV stations who will have to keep running free
adds for people who are so stupid they haven't been able to understand
a full year or more of explanations.
My local stations are going to change on the original date and I see
reports of the same thing elsewhere.
You're totally missing the point. We're talking about *free*
over-the-air TV, the type we've been accustomed to receiving for FREE lo
these many decades. You don't just take something like that away and say
"too bad, you can just pay for ________ if you want to watch TV".
Personally, I like Vista, but I probably won't use it. I like it
because it generates considerable business for me in consulting and
whats the rush? not like the bandwith is critical at this time to
If they postpone it again and again for the next 10 years, some people will
not be ready. Technology changes and at some point, you just have to make
the jump. I doubt anyone reading the newsgroup is using a Commodore 64 or
even an 8088 PC.
Part of the rush factor is that the industry made plans for this date
which was set long ago. I've read news stories with examples of
companies that have contracts in place, with crews ready to start
dismantling the analog transmitters the day after shutdown. And there
are parties on the other end that are buying the transmitter and
expected it to arive in Feb, not June. How about you had financing
locked in to pay for the transmitter that you were supposed to receive
in Feb and the financing committment expires? What happens if the
whole deal to sell the transmitter falls through, what repercussions
does it have for the party expecting the eqpt in Feb, etc. Also, the
cost of running the analog transmitter can be $20K a month.
Not to say these are super critical, just that there are consequences
whenever you start jerking this kind of date around.
Here's another unintended consequence... Apparently, the electronics
manufacturers that were making the converter boxes had long since shut down
production based on the February date and the assumption that everyone who
wanted a box would have them by now, or could draw from retail stock.
So, even though Congress in its infinite wisdom decided to extend the deadline
and create more coupons, there may not be much to spend them on.
Except for that nasty little detail about the airwaves being public
property, with the broadcasters being licensed to use them for the
(I have always been of the opinion that satt and cable companies should
NOT have to pay to rebroadcast OTA stations anywhere within the coverage
map for that station, as filed with the FCC. The rebroadcasters are
doing the OTA station a favor, and having to pay for the privilege.)
But no, lack of free converter boxes isn't really taking away Free TV.
The TV wasn't free in the first place. The whole coupon program was pure
pork. With a 2 year+ heads-up period, pretty much everyone can afford a
40-buck converter box, and that price point was established by the
coupon program. After the cutover, and after the coupon program ends,
they will go for the 20 bucks they should have cost in the first place.
There just ain't that much hardware there, no more than a cheap 5"
portable, which has been available for 20 bucks for years.
I'll leave for another rant the discussion about how the OTA
broadcasters should have paid for the boxes, since without viewers, they
can't sell ads.
Uh,Government ORDERED broadcasters to change their systems;not a choice
broadcasters would have made on their own.
So,gov't DID "take away" analog TV.
If broadcasters -on their own- had decided to change over to DTV,then it
would be a natural market decision,not gov't interference,and no
compensation would be necessary.
I wholeheartedly agree!
Cable companies expand the number of viewers and thus expand the fees that
OTA stations charge for advertising.They make OTA stations MORE money.
When the gov't enacts a law that -effectively kills my analog TV- without a
converterbox,it IS "taking Free TV away".
Unless they compensate me for the loss of my present TV.
The coupon provides a converter that RESTORES the usefulness of my TV,thus
no loss,no "taking".
you think elderly on fixed incomes can afford one more extra expense?
Or unemployed folks?
No,it's because of the taking of our analog tv's,by rendering them useless
by gov't fiat.
Broadcasters should not have to pay for what gov't does.
I have been involved to a greater or lesser extent in Cable TV since an
internship with the local government's CATV office in '73. I have rather
vivid memories of the local stations going to the FCC and Congress for
the "Must Carry" rules mandating that CATV systems include the locals
and not cut them off from their markets. Roughly 30 years later, the
locals go back to Congress demanding payments. Interesting way the world
Interesting theory. I wonder if that would have constituted a taking
under the constitution. Guess we'll never know for sure.
(marginally) less of a problem with this if they had means-tested it.
No way in hell you'd get a ruling that ending analog TV is a taking
that requires compensation. For all the whining about the cost of
a converter, which is now free with a coupon, how about this scenario,
which I've posed before. You bought a 20 acre farm 40 years ago.
Under the zoning at the time, and the zoning until recently, you could
have sub divided it and turned it into 10 lots on which homes could be
built. Then, this year, the muncicipality changed the zoning so that
you can no longer do that. Hence, then value just went from $2mil,
to $500K. That or similar happens regularly with NO compensation at
all, whether it's a widow, senior citizen or anybody else. That has
been challenged in the courts under the "taking" theory and lost.
Or another example is a major highway goes through your
neighborhood. If they take your property, you get compensated,
though most times, it's less than fair. However, if your house is 3
houses down, but they don't take your property, the house which was on
a quiet street, now sits next to a freeway. Guess what you get?
Zippo Even though it's worth less than it used to be.
Now those are some situations to get pissed about.
And I would have had more of a problem with it. If they're going to
give them away, then everyone should get one. No more means testing
and turning it into another welfare program. Maybe we should make it
so u get one if you have 3 kids, so that those with 2 kids will have
more incentive to have another baby.
IIRC,the "Must Carry" laws were about small broadcasters like religious
stations that would get left off cable if they weren't made to carry them.
Now it's been twisted.
Whether they say "turn them all in",make it illegal to use or own them,or
just make them useless thru legislation,it's all the same thing;
a "taking" by gov't.
and that one only appeared Dec 08.(after one of my coupons expired....)
My Magnavox ended up costing me $13 after using a coupon.It would have been
$53 without it,and some converters are even more expensive.
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