DailyTech reported earlier this month that the Obama transition team isn't too happy with the current state of the analog to digital TV (DTV) switch. The funds made available to provide $40 DTV conversion boxes to Americans ran out at the start of 2009 and many Americans would be left without TV signals once the DTV switch occurs next month.
In the latest saga concerning the DTV switch, Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced legislation to delay the switch until June 12. Obama and his team fully support this move as they feel that more time is needed to provide additional funding for $40 DTV converter box coupons.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the transition team, including President-elect Obama, wants "immediate consideration and passage" of the legislation.
John Podesta, Co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, stated earlier this month that the DTV switch cannot possibly take place on February 17 as planned because, "The government's programs to assist consumers through the upheaval of the conversion are inadequately funded." Podesta added, "There is insufficient support for the problems consumers (particularly low income, rural and elderly Americans) will experience as a result of the analog signal cutoff."
Current FCC chairman Kevin Martin fired back at the proposed delay by the Obama transition team. "I'm concerned about a delay in the sense that if you can solve that issue other ways, a delay has actually the potential to confuse consumers," said Martin. "I'm concerned about a delay in the sense that if you can solve that issue other ways, a delay has actually the potential to confuse consumers."
quote: That leaves $3000. The house is going to cost somewhere between $1200-1500 a month in mortgage payments, taxes, and insurance. That leaves you with about $50 a day to pay for utilities, maintenance, cars, gas, food, clothes, and everything else. I am impressed.
quote: I don't drive a Mercedes or a Hummer, nor do I own a 65" 1080p TV. I live in an apartment with the AC at 78 in the summer and the heat at 62 in the winter. I invest money into a 401k and a mutual fund every month.
quote: I keep my AC at 70 and my heat at 72
quote: That 'switchover', wasn't a switchover. Not in the sense of analogue to digital. No change of frequency, no change of signal, (OK, some additional signaling required for colour), and either type of TV could still function just fine. In this case it is a wholesale conversion of the entire infrastructure. No converter, your analogue TV moght as well be a brick. No signal, same thing.
quote: Exactly why do we need to delay one more day? Because some people did not know it was coming?
quote: many Americans would be left without TV signals once the DTV switch occurs next month.
quote: It is not the Government's responsibility to ensure that citizens take action to ensure they continue to able to watch it.
quote: so why is it the government's responsibility to make sure it keeps working
quote: Among those with a vested interest in the debate over a DTV delay is Clearwire, which has been racing to deploy its 4G WiMAX networks ahead of competitors wedded to the LTE standard. And Ars has learned that Clearwire Executive Vice President R. Gerard Salemme has quietly joined the Obama transition team as a key advisor on DTV issues.
quote: Why focus on the 100,000 or so people without DTV boxes when there is a good chance they have a cable modem to watch his weekly webcasts My father fits this population; doesn't have cable TV but has cable modem. Just pull the switch and smoke them out!
quote: $15.95/month is too much to spend on the cable TV programming
quote: I get the basic package for that much. It's like 25 channels, but it's all I ever watch. Plus if I didn't get it, my internet bill would go up $15. Go Comcast.
quote: Obama is too late. They switched over yesterday here in homestate Hawaii. Now portable TVs receive nothing. Idiots.
quote: I'm concerned about a delay in the sense that if you can solve that issue other ways, a delay has actually the potential to confuse consumers.
quote: the DTV switch cannot possibly take place on February 17 as planned because, "The government's programs to assist consumers through the upheaval of the conversion are Grossly overfunded ."