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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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The New Digital Divide
By Teancum on 6/12/2009 3:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt we will soon here people wringing their hands lamenting about this Digital Divide (remember the whole Hi-Speed vs Dial Up access fiasco). Somebody will argue that the transition to Digital TV constitutes a "Disparate Impact" on the minorities and poor, (who are always 'Hardest Hit') If they Supreme Court can find right to Abortion in the text of the Constitution then they sure as hell can find a right to Over the air Television.




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