Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Digital TV switch will be messy: FCC official

As February 17, 2009 gets closer and closer, the public will be inundated with the message, get a digital converter or you will lose your TV signals. But will they pay attention. As the country has been divided into the haves and have-nots, those that have a cable connection need not worry. But for those that don't, they may find themselves in the dark, literally.

"About 15 percent of U.S. households use only analog TV sets and could risk their screens going black as analog signals are turned off, according to the Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog group." So do those 15% matter or because they most likely fall into the have-not group, their transition is less a priority. I keep wondering whether the transition date won't be delayed. I put the odds on that it gets pushed back. "Congress ordered the switch to digital, effective February 17, to free up public airwaves for other uses, such as for police and fire departments." An added month may be needed as we reach the date. People tend to wait till the very last moment and thus an increase in requests for the digital coupon may not be fulfilled in time. In either case, the clock is ticking.

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