Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Digital Delay

The big transition is coming up February 17th . . . or maybe not:
(CNET) -- Overcoming partisan divisions, the Senate on Monday night unanimously voted to delay the digital television transition until June 12.

Senate Republicans earlier this month blocked a bill to delay the national switch from analog television broadcasting to digital broadcasting, which was originally scheduled for February 17.

The so-called DTV Delay Act, though, was brought back to the Senate floor after Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached a compromise.
I talked about the transition almost a year ago. I have two boxes, one for the bedroom and one for the garage and I can't begin to tell you how amazing the signal is on these older analog TVs.

I do not support this delay. Much money and time has been spent and if you aren't ready now you won't be ready by June. Some people need a kick in the butt, not a legislative reprieve. The people who need to make the switch will drag their feet until they wake up to a blizzard on their TV. No piece of legislation is going to change that.


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