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Obama says there will not be another delay

During the last part of 2008 and early 2009, it was hard to watch TV without being deluged with public service announcements telling viewers that the digital transition was coming and that viewers might need a digital converter to continue receiving signals.

Despite the high amount of ads warning about the transition, many households were unprepared and the converter coupon program offered by the government ran out of funds. As a result, President Obama postponed the transition from the widely publicized February date until June 12.

With the final deadline coming this Friday, The New York Times reports that a large number of American households are still not ready for the transition. According to a survey by the Nielsen Company as of May, more than 10% of the 114 million households in the country with TVs are totally or partly unprepared for the digital transition.

The viewers most likely to lose reception on the June 12 are low-income families, the elderly, and the handicapped. The transition will hit inner city and rural areas the hardest according to Michael J. Copps, the acting FCC head.

Copps told The New York Times, "We are much better prepared than we were in February, when the original transition was to have occurred, but there will nonetheless be significant disruptions. In the past five months we’ve tried to accomplish what should have been done over the last four years."

The Nielsen survey found that across the country over three million homes that don’t subscribe to cable or satellite are completely unprepared for the transition and will not be able to watch TV after June 12. An additional 9 million homes with cable or satellite on a main TV have TVs in other rooms of the home that will not be able to receive broadcasts after the transition.

Some of the largest cities in the country are on the list of the 49 most vulnerable areas. Some of the most vulnerable areas include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, and Dallas. In the New York market alone 92,000 homes are unprepared.

President Obama issued a statement saying, "We have worked hand in hand with state and local officials, broadcasters and community groups to educate and assist millions of Americans with the transition. I want to be clear: there will not be another delay."

Many American's were prepared in February for the transition and according to the Consumer Electronics Association; consumers getting ready for the digital transition have provided a boom for electronics makers with sales of digital TVs up 32% compared to last year despite the recession.

Officials fear that many consumers who have purchased digital TVs or converters will still lose broadcasts after the transition because of incorrectly installed hardware. Officials advised consumers to rescan their channels to ensure they were receiving all the digital channels available after the transition.

The vacated analog spectrum will be handed over the wireless companies who plan to use the spectrum for internet access and other services like mobile TV.



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Sounds like a personal problem...
By MrPickins on 6/9/2009 1:06:09 PM , Rating: 5
There has been more than enough advanced notice of the change. Not to mention free assistance programs to help people learn how to hook up converter boxes.

Anyone who is not prepared can only blame themselves.




RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/9/2009 1:06:53 PM , Rating: 5
You won't hear any disagreements from me. I still say we should have never delayed the switch in the first place.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By smackababy on 6/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By therealnickdanger on 6/9/2009 1:15:57 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
the original delay made sense

You lost me there.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Souka on 6/9/2009 5:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
I see a bailout coming for the millons of americans that were to stupid and lazy to get their fat-asses (this is not a swear) of the couch and do what is necessary.

Granted... I will say there are probably quite a few that are mentally defecient when it comes to the new technology called "TV" and a segment of the older crowd (70+) that can't comprehend what is happening.

my $.02 of rant


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Ryanman on 6/10/2009 4:36:06 AM , Rating: 4
I think the important thing is that according to this article there will be 3 million people that suddenly have a veil on their life lifted.
Given, most of them are either in rural areas or the inner city. In all seriousness though, who can argue with the benefits of being cut off from TV?

And don't give me this crap about severe weather warnings. How many of these people have a set that turns on automatically during emergencies? None. TV has absolutely no productive use for any human being.

The internet, on the other hand....


By CommodoreVic20 on 6/10/2009 10:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
Amen!


By callmeroy on 6/10/2009 11:11:34 AM , Rating: 1
Well, I know the point you are trying to make....and I agree *almost* with it --- but its valid to notice or hear from others that "wow the skies looking pretty messed up" and then want to turn on the weather to see what's going on or about to go on.

that's just average normal human behavior to want to find out what is going on........now the funny flaw in that logic --- I guess they didn't want to find out what is going on with the DTV transition though..... ;)


By Josh7289 on 6/10/2009 10:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
Does it need to be productive?

Most people need entertainment from time to time, and entertainment is usually not productive.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By nixoofta on 6/11/2009 10:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
Granted,
quote:
TV has absolutely no productive use for any human being.

,but consider the alternatives. TV = no reproduction; No TV = reproduction.

Do we really want these people breeding!?

:P



By nixoofta on 6/11/2009 11:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody said recently that Firefox did this double-post thingy. Since I started using IE 8 I get Dailytech in compatibility mode. Sux,..a little. Double posting with a single click though,..please ignore my redundant reiteration. Thanks.

(geez,..I hope this doesn't come up twice...:P)


By nixoofta on 6/11/2009 10:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
Granted,
quote:
TV has absolutely no productive use for any human being.

,but consider the alternatives. TV = no reproduction; No TV = reproduction.

Do we really want these people breeding!?

:P



RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Regected on 6/10/09, Rating: -1
By Oregonian2 on 6/10/2009 4:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
We'll find out if your theory is correct once the coupons become totally unavailable. We'll see if the price for them goes down to $20.


By tlampen on 6/10/2009 10:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
I 100% agree with the switch to DTV. However, I also completely agree with you! I have watched prices for the DTV conversion boxes go up as soon as the coupons started coming out. I remember 6 months ago when the coupons made the boxes free and now I see "sales" that will still cost you $40 after the coupon. I however, still have no pity for the people that will need to pay for this premium price because they had their chance to get the conversion box for free. People deserve a chance to save themselves money when it comes to something forced upon them, however, if they don't take advantage of it when it is there. They are the ultimately the ones to blame when they sit on their asses and don't take advantage.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By PitViper007 on 6/9/2009 5:23:35 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
the original delay made sense


And just how did it make sense? For at LEAST two years before the original date, I'd seen ads plastered all over the TV, interviews with officials, public service announcements, etc., all saying that the date to change was coming and what needed to be done to prepare. I'm sorry, but all the delay did was cost people and businesses money. The people that weren't prepared then are the same ones that aren't now, and they WON'T change until they absolutely have to, aka. they lose their existing TV signal. Just watch how fast those now not prepared snatch up all the remaining converter boxes after this Friday.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By reader1 on 6/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By nevermore781 on 6/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By encryptkeeper on 6/9/2009 6:09:40 PM , Rating: 5
thank the feds for all their hard work on a DTV transition, If only they could get healthcare and their budget all in line in as prompt a manner.

I will say for being something federally mandated, its gone a lot faster than most things done by the feds.


Well, when you go to work are people talking about who should win American Idol or how to introduce new healthcare reforms?


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By therealnickdanger on 6/10/2009 7:41:28 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch. So sad, but so true.


By Belard on 6/10/2009 10:07:17 AM , Rating: 2
Except now they'll be talking about the gay idol singer.

Sad thing, him being gay is the most I've heard about anything with American Idol this season. IE: I have never ever watched a single episode.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By adiposity on 6/9/2009 6:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the fact that people were promised vouchers, but there weren't enough vouchers to fill the demand, might be one reason.

-Dan


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By PitViper007 on 6/10/2009 9:15:28 AM , Rating: 4
They were also told there was a set amount of money for the voucher program and when it was gone, it was gone. It still comes right back down to personal responsibility. You either prepare for the DTV switch, or you lose TV signal. It's as simple as that.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By adiposity on 6/10/2009 2:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You either prepare for the DTV switch, or you lose TV signal. It's as simple as that.


Except it wasn't. The govt. didn't agree that last people to sign up for the fund somehow weren't entitled. You may think this is wrong, but it's not a black and white issue.

It's not just personal responsibility when the govt. changes the rules and forces you to spend money you may not have. If the govt. demanded everyone buy a Volt if they wanted to use govt. roads, would you just say, "eh, it's personal responsibility"? You don't know these people aren't responsible just because they didn't get a digital converter box. They may have signed up, but didn't get a voucher, and couldn't afford it.

quote:
They were also told there was a set amount of money for the voucher program and when it was gone, it was gone.


Yes, being notified of a problem isn't always a solution. If the terms you are notified of don't work for you, the notification doesn't help much. They could have made the same notification after putting $1 in the fund. But hey, it's personal responsibility, right?

-Dan


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Regs on 6/10/2009 8:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just personal responsibility when the govt. changes the rules and forces you to spend money you may not have. If the govt. demanded everyone buy a Volt if they wanted to use govt. roads, would you just say, "eh, it's personal responsibility"?

Believe it or not, the government still makes decisions based on the majority, or as they say the collective conscious or for the better good. We're really not socialist or communist as some lead you to believe, though I heard McCarthyism might stage a comeback.

They had a year to save 40-70 dollars, plus free installation offered by contracted services by the FCC. That is more than reasonable and the collective conscious has spoken.

We all have to partake responsibilities and play certain rolls to keep this country functioning. This might include taxes to something that we may or may not agree with.


By ira176 on 6/11/2009 12:35:28 AM , Rating: 2
The government isn't forcing anyone to do anything. TV is still not a necessity, rather it's a luxery.


By LRonaldHubbs on 6/11/2009 8:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Let's think about this one for a couple seconds. A converter box costs $50. Are you honestly telling me that anyone in this country with a television can't afford that? Anyone making $8 an hour (which btw is less than minimum wage where I live), even with tax deducted, still makes that much in a single day of work. And they had years to come up with the $50. Hell, they could turn the damn thing off for a month and save that much money just by reducing their power bill. Sorry, the affordability argument doesn't cut it. People weren't ready because of laziness, stubbornness, or just sheer stupidity.


By Oregonian2 on 6/10/2009 5:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well, the fact that people were promised vouchers, but there weren't enough vouchers to fill the demand, might be one reason.


They were available for a very long period of time. Anyone who didn't get one shouldn't have dragged their feet.

Had a large backlog of pre-orders emptied the allocation of them at the get-go I'd say sure, promised vouchers weren't delivered. But they were available for quite a long time before "running out" -- and promotions pushed folk to order early to be sure of getting one (and the "coupons" themselves were free).

If the numbers between applications and delivered ones don't match, then yes there was a "problem" as such -- but hard to be overly sympathetic when those not getting one waited so incredibly long before applying (and yes, I got mine two early).


By mikeyD95125 on 6/10/2009 5:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
If people want to watch TV that bad they will go out and just get the converter.

Otherwise you can always hangout in Best Buy, Costco, or your local bar to watch TV.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Danger D on 6/9/2009 1:09:53 PM , Rating: 5
Congress should allocate money for a guy with a big stick to whack people in the head who are too dense to figure this out by now.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By rudy on 6/9/2009 1:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
They do not need to allocate money turn it off and they will get it.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By PlasmaBomb on 6/9/2009 2:17:29 PM , Rating: 3
Either that or there will be a lot of complaints or tvs sent for repair...


By inighthawki on 6/9/2009 5:32:58 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder how many people will actually think their TV is broken when the time comes, surely there has to be some...


By MrPeabody on 6/9/2009 2:27:31 PM , Rating: 5
A more free-market approach would be for Congress to grant special immunities for guys with big sticks, then let the private sector handle it. But I agree with your general premise.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By grandpope on 6/9/2009 4:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
All they need to do is offer amnesty from lawsuits and I will do it for free!


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By IckesTheSane on 6/10/2009 9:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, now you're a telecom!


By stirfry213 on 6/10/2009 12:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
AMEN! I needed the laugh, thank you.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By phatboye on 6/9/2009 1:11:23 PM , Rating: 3
Bought my converter box last year and everything works fine. Still though had I lost broadcast TV it wouldn't have bothered me at all, I barely watch the damn thing as there is never anything good on it anyways.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By TomZ on 6/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Spivonious on 6/9/2009 3:46:53 PM , Rating: 5
No, it's pretty much all crap. Except for Chuck, which is awesome.

Everything else (excluding reruns) fits into one of these four categories:
1. reality show
2. convoluted drama
3. home improvement show
4. sitcom


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By bodar on 6/10/2009 9:02:02 AM , Rating: 2
Chuck is indeed awesome, but you're a bit harsh with those categories.

- What about: Supernatural or House?
- Fringe and Lost may be convoluted dramas but they're damn good ones.
- Also, I'll defend some reality shows, like Top Chef and The Ultimate Fighter (Survivor might actually be watchable if they had to fight to stay on the island).

Aside from a few good shows, TV has become "plug some quasi-famous actors into The Formula" or "hey, reality shows are cheap to make and high on drama". People don't want good stories or dialogue, or to even have to rub 2 brain cells together. This is why crap like "New Housewhores of RandomAmericanCity" and "Dancing With the HasBeens" dominate the landscape. It's what America wants, or at least what the Nielsen participants want.

Seriously though, how many CSIs and Law and Orders does America ACTUALLY need?


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By gamerk2 on 6/10/2009 10:17:55 AM , Rating: 3
Lost a good show? Lost was something that should have had a 2 season run; it hardly makes any sense anymore, and they should have let it die.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By bodar on 6/10/2009 3:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
The storytelling is far from tight, but the characters and plot twists are good enough to keep me interested, even as find other shows I once liked unwatchable because of terrible writing -- lookin at YOU, 24 and Heroes.

It drives me nuts when really good, inventive shows like Pushing Daisies and Reaper get the axe because they don't appeal to the Nielsen family -- aka the lowest common denominator.


By phatboye on 6/9/2009 4:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Lack imagination? It's not me who lacks imagination, it's these TV networks. The only thing on is talk shows, sports, reality shows, TMZ (and shows like it) and the news. I would watch the news but these days I get that from the net. So right now there is nothing but crap.

I would get cable but that would be me paying $50/month for TBS, comedy central, animal planet, disc chan, national geographic, CNN and maybe a few other channels. To me it's just not worth it. Out of the hundreds of channels that TWC provides I think they should be able to have more than a handful of good stations worthy of being watched.


By Teancum on 6/9/2009 1:38:00 PM , Rating: 5
Analog TV World Ends: Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By Botia on 6/9/2009 1:42:37 PM , Rating: 3
People will get it fixed after it's broken, not before. For a lot of people, when you have something that works there is no reason to change. When it stops working then it will get fixed. This should have happened back in February.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By hyvonen on 6/9/2009 1:59:28 PM , Rating: 3
This timing is better. In June, it'll only interrupt some crappy summertime reality shows - in February, Heroes would've been affected.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By marvdmartian on 6/9/2009 3:26:33 PM , Rating: 5
Couldn't agree more!

However, you know as well as I do, that no matter how much warning you give some people, no matter how often you knock them in the head to remind them......even if you bought the darn converter box for them AND hooked it up for them AND showed them how to use it......they'd still screw it up, forget how it works, or just not grasp the simplicity of operating it. And will therefore bitch and moan and blame someone (ANYONE) else for their own stupidity!

I'd be willing to bet that there's still people in this country that couldn't program a VCR (and yes, some folks still have those.....quit rolling your eyes!!). Sadly, I read down below how someone stated they'd kill themselves if they still had a tube style tv set......and yet, it's not the tv that's going to cause the problems with this conversion to digital transmissions, but rather the people whose minds are stuck in the tube tv era, unable to cope with new technology.


By Hyperion1400 on 6/9/2009 8:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
However, you know as well as I do, that no matter how much warning you give some people, no matter how often you knock them in the head to remind them......even if you bought the darn converter box for them AND hooked it up for them AND showed them how to use it......they'd still screw it up, forget how it works, or just not grasp the simplicity of operating it. And will therefore bitch and moan and blame someone (ANYONE) else for their own stupidity!


Been there, done that, and helped the customer behind them with an even more retarded issue...

To any teen-agers/college students out there look for a part-time job, never work retail!


By Hiawa23 on 6/9/2009 3:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
they shouldn't have delayed it in the first place. If you have the ears & you have not raised the dough, then you should be SOL.


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By overlandpark4me on 6/9/2009 4:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you live in New Orleans


By xKeGSx on 6/9/2009 4:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
Too soon


RE: Sounds like a personal problem...
By pastorjay on 6/9/2009 4:26:10 PM , Rating: 3
You can't fix stupid!


By MaulBall789 on 6/9/2009 5:34:18 PM , Rating: 3
I woke up this morning after a fun night and found that SOMEBODY had sh*t my pants!


By Athena on 6/10/2009 9:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
This is so ridiculous -- you want to blame a bunch of poor people for delaying implementation by a few months when it was the broadcasters who held things up for years. They dragged their feet on developing services for so long that the whole digital transmission push is largely irrelevant. It won't make much of a difference to the technoratti -- most of whom get their TV content in HD from cable/satellite providers anyway.

Why beat up on people who can least defend themselves?


By FaceMaster on 6/10/2009 11:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
You sound like my MUM, nagging me to get new clothes. Those who are fashionable don't understand those who don't care about keeping up to date with the latest fashion and those who aren't fashionable don't understand what's wrong with our old clothes.

I'd rather keep my old clothes that I'm used to. I can't be bothered with the hassle to change. If I'd have it my way then I'd just wear nothing at all once my clothes wear out.

Of course people on this site are going to be criticising those who haven't bothered changing. It's a tech site. I reckon that most people here get aroused thinking of the ATI Radeon XXX Porn Edition with 512 megawiggles of teraflops and bump mapping. Some people don't. Much like me having to do my washing, I wait until the very, VERY last moment. Anybody who does it before then has no life, in my opinion.

Oh and the same for this news article's topic, what ever it is.


You snooze, you lose.
By dqniel on 6/9/2009 1:10:30 PM , Rating: 4
Should have never delayed it to begin with. TV isn't a necessity, anyway. It's not life or death here, folks. Get prepared if you want to keep watching... that's it.




RE: You snooze, you lose.
By invidious on 6/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: You snooze, you lose.
By invidious on 6/9/2009 1:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I agree with original the delay, just pointing out why it was done.


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By dqniel on 6/9/2009 2:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
we = why


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By nixoofta on 6/11/2009 4:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yoda?


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By dqniel on 6/9/2009 1:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. I know what that is, and if people want the luxury of that system then they should be prepared.

We're both in agreement here, so we create the straw man?


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By cscpianoman on 6/9/2009 2:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose radios, neighbors and policemen driving the streets with sirens blaring doesn't help either. Fact of the matter is, there are multiple ways to reach people not just the TV. Those who lose it for a few weeks are not going to be at a loss of being able to connect with the outside world.


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By Moishe on 6/9/2009 2:39:57 PM , Rating: 3
So, assuming that's a good reason to delay, then we must delay *forever* cuz there will always be some fools who don't know and some fools that don't even own a TV.

I know this. I don't need the government to babysit me. I can take care of myself.


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By ira176 on 6/9/2009 3:53:41 PM , Rating: 3
They broadcast on Radio, ever hear of that???


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By xKeGSx on 6/9/2009 4:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
Buy a radio. That whole emergency broadcast excuse is getting old. TVs are and always will be a luxury. Only reason why they're now viewed as a necessity to some is because instead of paying for child support, car payments, clothes for children, people are instead making sure they have a tv and a cell phone. And why would you want to rely on something that is powered via our electric grid, in other words somethings susceptible to interference when there's a disaster worth knowing about. Buy a radio and some batteries and turn the frequency to something other than that excuse.


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By KentState on 6/10/2009 2:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because in this disaster scenario, I'm pretty sure that electricity is going to be one of the first things lost anyways. A battery powered radio is the best device in these situations.


RE: You snooze, you lose.
By Oregonian2 on 6/10/2009 5:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You have never heard of the emergency broadcast system?


Could use a radio for that. More likely to be battery powered in a real emergency anyway.


What did Obama do differently since February?
By Lord 666 on 6/9/09, Rating: 0
By Jackattak on 6/9/2009 1:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, clearly Obama is to blame for millions of people's procrastination.


By invidious on 6/9/2009 1:43:42 PM , Rating: 5
Obama is to blame for costing telecom companies untold amounts of money for delaying a business deal they made. Whether or not he did the right thing is another issue, but he is certainly the one to blame if you want to blame someone.


By Lord 666 on 6/9/2009 8:11:46 PM , Rating: 3
Here is the another BS program. Watch the values of Suburbans from the 1980's go up in value.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/09/news/economy/cash_...

quote:
Clunkers eligible for the program must get 18 miles per gallon, or less, in combined city and highway driving. The subsidy ends up benefiting more owners of light trucks, SUVs and mini-vans more than it would owners of regular old passenger cars, auto experts say.

A $3,500 subsidy can be used toward purchasing cars and vans that are more fuel efficient than the older clunkers by four miles per gallon. A $4,500 subsidy can be used toward purchasing cars and vans that are more fuel efficient than older cars by 10 miles per gallon.


By ChugokuOtaku on 6/9/2009 1:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
you make a good point, because the real problem here, isn't about getting ppl to switch, but rather the failure to recognize that watching TV is not a necessity. I fail to see the justification to spend tax payer's money to keep ppl's TVs lit.

likewise, I would never see any justification to spend tax payer's money on internet.


By Moishe on 6/9/2009 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
The original delay was a PR move.


In other news...
By dflynchimp on 6/9/2009 1:18:03 PM , Rating: 5
"Millions Still Unprepared for Economic Downturn Transition"

Any change on a nationally large scale is going to experience adoption difficulties because old habits die hard for a good majority of us. I haven't made the digital transition, but that's partly because I don't watch TV per se, catching what I want via internet.




What's all the fuss about
By tester3000 on 6/9/2009 2:24:13 PM , Rating: 3
It not going to be the goddamn end of the world if a million hobo's don't have their TV. It's not like we are switching something critical like water or air. It just goddamn TV. Nobody's gonna die. There was no need to delay the switch in the first place. The people who didn't get a box would figure it out in a few weeks. God... the government is stupid. So much fuss about nothing. To tell you the truth, i don't even watch much TV anymore.




RE: What's all the fuss about
By icanhascpu on 6/9/2009 3:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
Internet is just a better version of TV.

But I agree, these fools didn't need a extension, and everyone think about this for a moment; if we never gave the lame extension, how many people do you suppose would still have not yet done the transition? Hint; A hell of alot less than millions.

Whomever was in charge of that BS is a horrible parent if they use the same methodology on their kids.


Let me get this right...
By RandallMoore on 6/9/2009 3:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The viewers most likely to lose reception ... "and the handicapped."


WTF? What does being handicapped have anything to do with watching free broadcast t.v.? I'm so sick of this that my head could explode.

Next headline: "Starving children in Cambodia angered at the loss of analog TV."

"Parents of starving kids are now considering doing something to provide for their children."




RE: Let me get this right...
By johnsonx on 6/9/2009 8:23:21 PM , Rating: 3
World to end tomorrow: low-income families, the elderly, and the handicapped hardest hit.


Hulu
By Muskrat Matt on 6/9/2009 5:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
hulu




if you ask me
By meepstone on 6/9/2009 8:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
who cares. let the dumb people be baffled. they do it there whole life anyways.




I dont get it
By BoromarlSlight on 6/10/2009 8:04:01 PM , Rating: 2
Guys whats the big deal? Is TV such a necessity in the US that there needs to be years of back and forth talks for any change to it, and miles of column inches written about it?

You'd swear they were re-plumbing the entire country, or changing the currency.

Its only TV, its not a fundamental need like water or power.




By SpatulaCity on 6/10/2009 9:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
Is it dorky of me to be a little curious to actually watch them flip the switch? I wonder if they'll play taps or the national anthem song right before ceasing analog broadcast.
Seems like June 12 is the last day for analog. Maybe midnight is the time for the signal shutdown.




The therapeutic uses ...
By dondino on 6/11/2009 1:30:22 AM , Rating: 2
For those who didn't prepare will end up with the ultimate white noise generators for those sleepless nights. Almost the same effect of today's over the air programming... ;)




This is not fair
By Chaser on 6/11/2009 9:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
This is an atrocity. The only time I've ever had to miss Dancing with the Stars is when I voted last fall.

I'm calling my local Acorn office.




Really?
By Jackattak on 6/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Really?
By invidious on 6/9/2009 1:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
The survey is a bit misleading. They measured the number of households that are not completely ready. So if you have an old antena tv hooked up in your attic or garage that isn't ready they would list your household as not ready.


RE: Really?
By Jackattak on 6/9/2009 2:05:04 PM , Rating: 2
That makes sense. Wasn't thinking of it that at all.


RE: Really?
By geddarkstorm on 6/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: Really?
By soloman02 on 6/9/2009 11:22:26 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The Nielsen survey found that across the country over three million homes that don’t subscribe to cable or satellite are completely unprepared for the transition and will not be able to watch TV after June 12. An additional 9 million homes with cable or satellite on a main TV have TVs in other rooms of the home that will not be able to receive broadcasts after the transition.


The article clearly states only 3 million will be unprepared this time around. The 9 million figure is for households that have an extra TV that do not have the converter box. Therefore 3 million out of 114 million equals 2.6% who are not ready.

Having only 2.6% of the 114 million households who watch tv not ready for the transition is pretty damn good in my book.


RE: Really?
By Golgatha on 6/9/2009 1:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
I had a Trinitron tube in my house until the middle of last year. I purchased a Playstation 3 and felt the need to upgrade. Built myself the high-end HTPC I've been dreaming about for years too, since I now had a high-resolution, non-blurry 1080p display panel.


RE: Really?
By RandallMoore on 6/9/2009 3:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. Never thought I would see Trinitron and Playstation 3 in the same paragraph.


RE: Really?
By Boze on 6/10/2009 3:40:47 AM , Rating: 2
Man, the Trinitron was a damned fine monitor... I remember having a 17" Sony Trinitron that I used until I joined the Navy in 2002. Then my house burned down in 2003 while I overseas... I guess its fitting, my Trinitron shipped off to the next life on a huge funeral pyre.


RE: Really?
By Silver2k7 on 6/10/2009 7:54:18 AM , Rating: 2
using a 19" trinitorn monitor.. here *waves*


RE: Really?
By PitViper007 on 6/10/2009 9:22:58 AM , Rating: 2
Still have my Trinitron 17" monitor. Use it now for my server/work bench monitor. Still works fine and have no plans to replace it....Unless of course it finally decides to die.. :)


RE: Really?
By RandallMoore on 6/10/2009 1:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
CRT's use more electricity... But to some people I guess it's still worth it.


RE: Really?
By Oregonian2 on 6/10/2009 5:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
Had a 32" Sony XBR Trinitron TV for about 13 years until about a year and a half ago when it finally lost it's green channel completely. Replaced it with a 58" Plasma. Although the plasma is lighter in weight than the old CRT, not sure if it takes less electricity. Might be close. :-)


RE: Really?
By cornelius785 on 6/9/2009 2:25:34 PM , Rating: 3
Unlike some people that frequent this site, many people do not have a new fangled LCD (or the like) TV. When I was growing up, the TV was probably bought in the mid-eighties, then a newer one in the late nineties, which still is there today. Works just fine still. Many, if not most, people don't see the point in buying a new TV (or other large appliances) when their existing one still works and not big into the latest and greatest.


RE: Really?
By Jackattak on 6/9/2009 2:38:59 PM , Rating: 1
I see where you're coming from, but I find it hard to call flat panel TV's (pick a technology) the "latest and greatest". It's nothing new. They've been around for nearly a decade (or maybe a whole decade).

I bought mine in 2007 for the space-saving properties. I hung it on my wall. It's not just about having a better picture or HD or a bigger screen. They're also a lot more economical and they take up much less space.

But I understand what you mean. I just find it hard to swallow from a personal standpoint. I'd kill myself if I still had a tube.


RE: Really?
By Moishe on 6/9/2009 2:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
You should value your life more :)


RE: Really?
By Jackattak on 6/9/2009 3:25:21 PM , Rating: 1
LOL indeed! :D


RE: Really?
By coolkev99 on 6/10/2009 7:56:36 AM , Rating: 2
Very true. I remember watching HDTV at the 1993 consumer electronics show. Look how freaking long it took to get into the market!


RE: Really?
By Oregonian2 on 6/10/2009 5:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
And some folk expect the current HDTV standard to be replaced within a few years with newer higher tech versions.

No trust in history.

:-)


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