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Ready or not, digital is here to stay

Today is the big day for Americans still clinging to analog TVs and rabbit ears. For those folks that haven't already picked up a DTV converter box to translate the new digital signals, their TVs will now be relegated to useless lumps of plastic, metal, and glass.

The switch to DTV was supposed to take place on February 17, but Congress passed legislation to delay the switch until June 12 under the guidance of President Obama. The delay also gave the government additional time to disperse an additional $650 million USD in DTV coupons to Americans who still hadn't purchased a converter box.

Despite the extra time afforded to Americans to prepare for the DTV switch, additional funds for DTV coupons, and free assistance provided to setup converter boxes, the New York Times reported that roughly 2 million households will still be unprepared for today's switchover.

For those using cable, satellite, or digital TVs with an antenna, you have nothing to worry about -- your TV programming will be unaffected.

For more information on the DTV switch, you can check out the official website here.

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No sympathy
By nuarbnellaffej on 6/12/2009 5:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
Those 12 million households have had years! to prepare for the switch, as well as numerous government handouts! Enough is enough, just make the freaking switch already, so us cable/satellite users can get back to our lives.

RE: No sympathy
By marvdmartian on 6/12/2009 10:12:05 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, 100%.

However, the whining by the few that just didn't get it, or were too busy with other aspects of their pitiful lives to take care of it (and still wouldn't understand it if you bought the box for them, hooked it up AND showed them how to use it!!), will commence in 5....





RE: No sympathy
By omnicronx on 6/12/2009 10:20:11 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, as a cable user I have not had a good nights sleep since February, just the thought that others could of had crystal clear digital picture for last last 4 months keeps me up at night! sorry couldn't resist :)

100% agree with your first sentence though, I'm Canadian and I've been ready for 2+ years ;) I can't wait to go home today and see what channels I can get from Buffalo now that they are high powered. Now I can join the 5 users in Buffalo that actually own an HDTV =D

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