On 1/27/2009 6:45 AM firstname.lastname@example.org spake thus:
Not challenging you, just that this seems like a major impropriety if
it's true--the Obama administration doing something that clearly favors
one competitor over another. What are your specific complaints about
Made From Pears: Pretty good chance that the product is at least
I haven't read the actual bill and the story linked to doesn't say
precisely the terms but what I heard reported last night indicated the
bill extends the mandatory analog cut-off date but doesn't preclude
those stations that are ready making the Feb 17 transition anyway.
If that is indeed so, it's like most of what Congress does, posturing
for effect w/o being useful. The conclusion drawn from the story I saw
was that most stations will go ahead as planned.
One would have to find and read the actual legislation to determine what
it actual does mandate. The coupon extension/funding is probably good;
I used one the day it was to expire on the only box locally available; I
have no clue whether it will actually work satisfactorily as none of the
OTA transmitters we receive has been dual-broadcasting except one very
low power. It would be nice to have the second for a "second chance" at
an alternative w/ the decision possible to be made after there's
something in the ether to try to capture rather than being totally
Another stupid waste. The only idiots who are still clueless now will
also be clueless in June. The only way they'll wake up is if all the
stations put up a graphic with the DTV info on the analog channel and
just leave it up for a month or two vs. turning off the analog entirely.
I consider that a great plan!
On the analog channel starting after the original deadline until 1
second after the extension of the deadline, broadcast a screen with advice
to convert to DTV, with the best advice that can be fit into nearly enough
all analog TV screens!
Give those screwing around a deserved well-kicked boot in the kiester!
I have been using a DTV "converter box" since last July or late June or
- Don Klipstein ( email@example.com)
On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:17:15 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org (Don
I have a DTV tuner and have been getting 6 channels in near-perfect
quality (better than the 3 with 1 watchable on analog) for more than 2
And how about switching transmitters (if necessary to use the
full-power one for DTV)?
I was listening to the radio in Rochester NY this morning, and the TV
news anchor they were talking to didn't even know!
He thinks you still need a converter box if you have a new flatscreen
This TV anchor hosts a DAILY dial-in feature on the DTV conversion
where people call in and he answers their questions.
I've given up hope. If the general populace can't even figure out
something this simple... The country is doomed.
For now. They tried to push something through using a way that required
a super majority. They have more than enough to bring it up again in a
way that only requires a majority. They got that and then some. -+
Right. Or our Congress-critters could easily slip the slip into the omnibus
"Economic Recovery" package now muddling its way through the process.
Or California could impose a regulation binding upon stations in its state.
Or Mayor Bloomberg of New York could add it to his proposed ban on salt.
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