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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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Sort of related - IPv6 switch
By Lord 666 on 6/12/2009 6:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
Far more important to me is a potential IPv6 migration mandate. US Government agencies were tasked to confirm their readiness, but not migrate just yet.

However, try explaining to grandma or the typical Best Buy shopper they must upgrade to a DOCIS 3.0 modem to get IPv6 or their Internet connection is going to die. The potential subsidies would be much larger than silly digital converter boxes if mandated by the government.

Television = waste of time entertainment

Internet = mission-critical




RE: Sort of related - IPv6 switch
By Oregonian2 on 6/12/2009 8:34:35 AM , Rating: 2
Note: TV is that which decides political elections in the US in the last decade or three. To politicians, TV watching is not only mission critical, but of highest priority. And to some politicians, having TV access to the poor is all the more critical depending upon their particular support demographic.


RE: Sort of related - IPv6 switch
By Lord 666 on 6/12/2009 12:26:25 PM , Rating: 2
The winner of the past election developed a "cult-like" following using social networking, web presence, and video streams.

Ironically, Megan McCain has a valid argument stating the GOP is behind the times with technology.


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