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    Senate Approves Delay in Digital TV Transition
    Jan 27, 2009 at 2:45 AM EST

    Fresno, CA, USA (KSEE) -- It's estimated that more than 20-million households receive over-the-air signals exclusively in their homes, no cable, no satellite. If you're one of those 20 or so-million, you may get an extra four months to prepare for TV’s transition to digital.

    For months, millions of Americans have been awaiting television's big switch to digital.

    But chances are the wait, will increase by four months from the date initially mandated by congress.

    Monday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would delay the digital transition from February 17th to June 12th, mainly because lawmakers are concerned that an estimated 20-million, mostly poor, elderly and rural households just aren't ready to make the switch.

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    How can people not be ready?

    This transition has been in the making for something like 20 years. If people aren't ready by now, they aren't going to be ready in June either. Just make the switch and people will get the necessary equipment.

    Source: http://www.ksee24.com/news/local/38439489.html
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    No one will ever be ready, you have to force them to get ready.

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    Well, what's airing on TV to this "date" says the change will still be effective the day they stated, no delay, at least from what I'm seeing.
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    UPDATE

    Digital TV Delay Fails in House Vote

    House Republicans block an effort to move the digital television transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12, insisting that the digital converter box subsidy program is not out of money and the switch from analog to digital broadcasting can be achieved by Feb. 17. The vote comes after Senate approval for the deadline delay and President Barack Obama's call to dump the original transition date.

    House Republicans Jan. 28 managed to stave off another attempt to delay the digital television transition from the looming Feb. 17 deadline to June 12. Taking a brief break from their daylong debate over the stimulus package, lawmakers voted 258-168 to move the digital TV deadline by four months, but a two-thirds majority was required under the House rules.

    Responding to President Barack Obama's call for Congress to delay the digital TV transition, the Senate voted unanimously Jan. 26 to move the deadline to June 12, to extend to Sept. 15 the expiration of all outstanding or yet-to-be issued digital converter box coupons and to appropriate $650 million for additional coupons. The NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) announced Jan. 5 that funds for the coupon subsidy program had been exhausted.

    After twice failing in the last week to get a DTV delay bill out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House officials agreed Jan. 26 to put the Senate version up for a vote. That vote was scratched Jan. 27 but it was put back up for vote Jan. 28, subject to the two-thirds rule.

    House Republicans have insisted that the digital transition can be achieved by Feb. 17 and that the coupon program is not out of funds.

    "The DTV converter coupon program is not out of money; only half of the $1.5 billion in the coupon program has been spent," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Jan. 27, urging her to call off the vote. "For the past three weeks, we have known exactly what we need to do in order to get rid of the backlog in requests for DTV converter coupons."

    Barton insisted, "This delay is not necessary; nor is the $650 million in the stimulus needed." Barton introduced Jan. 23 a bill to provide additional coupons for the converter box program and to expedite delivery of the coupons.

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who crafted and shepherded the Senate digital TV delay legislation after compromising with Senate Republicans to allow television stations to make the switch to digital signals if they elect to before the June 12 deadline, said he was "deeply disappointed" by the House vote.

    "While the Senate paved the way with a bipartisan bill to repair this unfortunate situation, our Republican counterparts in the House chose to stand in the way of a workable solution," Rockefeller said in a statement. "Instead of delaying the transition to ensure that the most vulnerable among us have the ability to prepare for the transition, they have made certain that far too many consumers across the country will wake up on Feb. 18 and find that their television sets have gone dark."

    If the House ultimately fails to act on a digital TV extension, consumers who solely depend on over-the-air signals for television reception must buy a digital television set or a digital converter box for their analog sets. Consumers who use cable or satellite service are not affected by the change.

    According to a Nielsen survey conducted a year ago, 14.3 million U.S. households rely solely on over-the-air broadcasts. The NTIA said, based on consumer self-reporting, 12.6 million households that rely on over-the-air television have requested coupons. As of Jan. 4, though, more than 24 million households have requested approximately 46 million coupons, with about 18 million coupons actually having been redeemed.

    To date, 52.5 percent of coupons requested have been redeemed and more than 13 million coupons have expired. The program allows for two $40 coupons per household to help offset the cost of digital converter boxes for nondigital television sets.

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    I found this too funny not to quote:

    ...Rockefeller said in a statement. "Instead of delaying the transition to ensure that the most vulnerable among us have the ability to prepare for the transition, they have made certain that far too many consumers across the country will wake up on Feb. 18 and find that their television sets have gone dark."

    If they don't know why their TV no longer gets reception, they need to get out more often anyhow.
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    Wait,

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29032933/

    With time running short, Congress has voted and the digital delay is now official.

    After years of planning, the conversion to an all-digital television transmission system is on hold. Many of you are already enjoying a crystal clear digital signal, but for anyone still using an older style antenna without a converter box, you now have an extra four months to get ready. News 3's Steve Crupi is cutting through the confusion.

    The switch was supposed to happen in less than two weeks. But with millions of homes in America lacking the technology to receive a digital signal, the government deadline has been changed to June 12. That means anyone operating with old-fashioned rabbit ears has been given a reprieve.
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    The majority of people who aren't already prepared won't be prepared on June 12th either. This has been twenty years in planning.... how much more time do they need?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ulun64 View Post
    No one will ever be ready, you have to force them to get ready.
    exactly, they can delay it all they want, still going to be millions of people without tv. they havent gone about this the right way since day 1. February 17th 2009? How about late summer 2008, it was still nice weather out for most of the country to put antennas on their roof. I live in NY, no way in hell would I want to go put an antenna on my roof right now! Could thing the tv station i work for and most of the others in my area are sticking to February deadline or sometime in march.

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