Digital TV Switch Delay Floated

Jan 8, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey, who heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s telecom committee, said the federal government should consider moving back the U.S. switchover to all-digital broadcasts, following a suggestion from Consumers Union, TelevisionWeek reports, citing his aide. With the government program that funds analog-to-digital converter boxes out of money, Consumers Union fears many consumers’ TVs will go dark if the Feb. 17 deadline doesn’t slide. The incoming Obama administration’s FCC transition team also has floated moving the date, Broadcasting & Cable reports.
—Danny King

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  1. Found this interesting, but not at all unexpected, considering the gov boys have run out of money for the $40 “cards”. Perhaps if the manufacturers of these conversion boxes would sell them at a realistic price without use of these discount vouchers, perhaps more people would get them…anyway,our family have 4 different brands we’ve been trying at each others houses, and none of these adapters are capable of receiving the digital signals from all the stations in our area! (Maybe the public is aware of this, and avoiding purchase of these converters!)
    Interesting tidbit…Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his radio show today that he will be lost when the change comes…seems that the TVs that he has in his luxury cars have only analog capability, and so far the manufacturers of these luxo-boats of his have yet to respond to his concerns…wow, when Rush can’t watch TV, why worry about anyone else, young or old, or rich or poor!

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