re: You were warned. You should have got off your lazy ass and dealt
with it months ago. If you didn't, and now you're not going to get
your coupon in time (or maybe not at all), suck it up, 'cause it's
your own fault.
Let me start by saying I aleady have my coupons, so this isn't a
whine, it's just a comment on your post.
I don't see this as a "lazy ass" timing issue as much as a funding
If you'll refer to this site, you'll see that the application dates
and associated mailing dates imply availability of coupons until
1/9/2009. This means that the lazy asses should still be able to apply
- and receive - their coupons in time.
However, since the funding seems to have run out, if your worst case
scenario unfolds - people not ever getting a coupon - then it wouldn't
have mattered if the lazy asses applied earlier. The funding would
have just run out sooner and they (or the same number of other people)
still would never receive their coupons. That wouldn't make it their
fault, it would make it the fault of those that funded the program.
Granted, if there is merely a delay in getting the coupons, then one
could assume that had everyone applied earlier, they would have found
funding before the cut-off date and folks would have their coupons. On
the other hand, if no more funding becomes available, then the timing
of the application wouldn't have mattered.
On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 11:07:59 -0800, DerbyDad03 wrote:
Probably not. It's illegal to sell the coupons. Ebay searches show
500+ hits for converter box and none for converter box coupon. So,
you'd have to buy a converter box with the coupon and sell it. It is
however legal to give a coupon to a friend, neighbor, or relative.
What a coincedence! I just happen to be a friend, neighbor or relative
of every person who uses eBay.
I'll give a couple of them a coupon, and they can give me $15 because
they are my friend, neighbor or relative.
I had the problem of ordering the coupons as soon as they were
available. Unfortunately they had a 90 day limit for redemption, but
there were no boxes for sale within that 90 days.
People will just have to choose between buying the boxes at full price,
buying digital TVs, signing up for cable or satellite which provide
boxes with analog output, or giving up TV.
Progress has price. Digital signal needs less power. That is nature of
digital technology. Price of flat panel digital TVs came down a lot.
Time to move on. Or erect an antenna with more gain. Also LCD panel TVs
use lot less power compared to old CRT TVs.
Not according to the article in the paper today. It said:
"Sales of television sets are growing by 4 million a year, the vast majority
of them flat-panels. LCD -- liquid crystal display -- sets use 43% more
electricity, on average, than conventional tube TVs; larger models use
proportionately more. Plasma TVs, which command a relatively small share of
the market, need more than three times as much power as bulky, old-style
I know everyone is digital crazy and I feel the odd one out. But I
find these sets
obnoxious. The compression artifacts and the 'crinklyness' of the
whole thing doesn't allow
me to watch anything. I find I'm looking at the technolgy half the
time. I hope this
is the year the set disappears and it's the show I start watching.
(Football games AAAAhhhh. As the depth of field changes, you just get
out of the chair. And the grass. If the camera doesn't move it
pointy, and when it
moves, turns into pea soup. And a law should be passed. No closeups
two or three heads. And damn it!, quit moving the camera all the damn
There. I feel better.
What cable TV? (Nor is the southern horizon accessible from my house.)
But, except for those who don't have winter, we aren't going to know
for sure how this will play out until the trees have leafed out this
The one possibility is that "white space" (TV Band) devices will work out
and be reasonably priced. That way we would be able to download at least
some TV programs. I'm not holding my breath.
I suspect the only people who really should be pissed are the ones who
already had a good quality, high mounted antenna and are having trouble
getting the signal. This should be very rare. Second are the people who will
have to upgrade their antenna, get a higher mast and upgraded feed line.
This can be costly if professionally installed.
My house resembles that second remark. :^(
I have satt, so it isn't urgent. But my satt local package doesn't carry
ALL the locals, and doesn't carry the secondary channels they are adding
with digital. Plus, knowing Murphy was an optimist, I always try to have
a backup for everything. Don't really wanna spring for a rotator, which
I would need to get all the signals in this fringe area, so trying to
devise a spot to put the mast where I can just reach out the window,
loosen a thumbscrew, and rotate the mast by hand, for the very
occasional times I need to point the other direction.
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