Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DTV conversion: Dee-layed

I know I shouldn't be surprised that the government is actually going to delay the DTV conversion, but somehow I am. The Senate voted yesterday to push the switchover back to June 12 and the House is likely to follow pretty quickly.

And then they're going to throw another few billion at converter box coupons.

I find this foot-dragging so annoying. Congress gave people essentially 10 YEARS notice that this was coming.

If people made it through the last several years of PSA's and promos and still don't have cable, satellite or a converter box, I think they deserve what they get. If they find going without television too painful to bear, they can spend the $50 to buy a converter box with their own money (as opposed to buying it with my tax money).

I don't even know who's crying to Congress to change this. Is there some constituency that benefits by the delay?

6 Comments:

At 9:15 AM, January 27, 2009, Anonymous PK said...

It was Consumer's Union who urged the delay.
http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/core_telecom_and_utilities/006533.html

 
At 11:03 AM, January 27, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is completely ridiculous.

 
At 12:59 PM, January 27, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Brookbank got laid off this morning at FOX.

 
At 1:43 PM, January 27, 2009, Blogger AndyW said...

Since when does Congress listen to the CU? The Democrats are really shaking things up.

 
At 4:51 PM, January 27, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Mike Brookbank was released. Some details are at this website:

http://newsblab2009.blogspot.com/2009/01/fox-21-releases-morning-anchor-and.html

 
At 7:41 AM, January 28, 2009, Blogger AndyW said...

How can run four hours of news a day with a crew that thin?

And why haven't the other three cut back their on-air staffs?

 

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