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Senate approves DTV conversion delay

Abc news write: "Monday's Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay amid growing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 changeover."

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freeblue3160d ago

I think it's a great idea. damn converter box companies jack up the prices of boxes to more than 40 bucks because of the government coupons. delay will allow people to forgo buying those boxes and just upgrade their tvs. and also allows those damn companies to realize now these aren't anymore coupons.. those prices will go down to normal 20 bucks each.

SaiyanFury3160d ago

Pushing the date back is idiotic. People will put off going digital until the last possible minute. Giving them MORE time to do it is just enabling them to put it off even further. If you want these people to convert, you need to implement the damned standard NOW rather than later. FORCING them to get off their asses and convert rather than giving them the ability to keep procrastinating on it.

GIJeff3160d ago

and his staff are even WORSE than bush. all the sheeple will understand this within the next 4 years. How can you, knowing how car companies are struggling, impose even more strict regulations for auto makers? And now this? It's like he wants the USA to fail...

BrianC62343160d ago

"delay will allow people to forgo buying those boxes and just upgrade their tvs."

How do you get that? Anyone with a TV that needs a converter box is either too cheap or too poor. They won't buy a new TV because this conversion is delayed.

Bob Dole3160d ago

Plus you have to take into account how many people won't have the emergency broadcasts unless they turn on a radio.

SaiyanFury3160d ago

I won't talk about Obama and his initiative to push the date back. I know Obama is trying to make things easier for people, but people fall back into their old habits. People are often slow to adopt new standards, and giving them even more time just gives them more time to put it off. We need the new standard NOW more then ever. It's not a matter of political interpretation, it's a matter of knowing human behaviour. Until people are forced to update, they'll keep to the analog format as long as they can. The new digital standard should be had now more than later. Then we can all move forward.

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Lumbo3160d ago

Most idiotic move ever, this will cost the broadcasters millions because they need to broadcast parallel and will cause problems for mobile phone companies as the freed frequency space was already planned in for them to offer a better coverage.

The argument "to many Americans would not be ready now" can be used for eternity as without killing the analog broadcast NO ONE will take the move and therefor they won't "be ready" at any future time.

Adamalicious3160d ago

Agreed. I was ranting about this all morning. Apparently it costs a small network affiliate $20k in electricity alone just to broadcast the analog signal. We're talking about the Congress <cough>Obama administration</cough> deciding at the 11th hour that screwing the television industry to the tune of many, many millions of dollars - maybe even billions - is OK because "6.5 million" American households were too lazy to go get their converter box voucher sometime in the last THREE YEARS. Didn't the Fed hand out $600 to every single one of you a year ago? Maybe you could have set aside $30 of that to pick up a converter box - since you were too lazy to get the voucher in time - instead of costing your local affiliate $100k or so.

I understand that networks are allowed to broadcast because they put up with this sort of crap from the government - that and the whole news/emergency broadcast thing, but this is just ridiculous.

The Fed needs to worry about reducing spending - not wasting other people's money so they have more time to subsidize converter boxes for people who can't be bothered to go pick them up.

BrianC62343160d ago

"and his staff are even WORSE than bush. all the sheeple will understand this within the next 4 years. How can you, knowing how car companies are struggling, impose even more strict regulations for auto makers? And now this? It's like he wants the USA to fail..."

I don't know how good or bad Obama is. I'm a Republican but I'll give him a chance. I do agree this plan to let states have their own emission regulations again right now is pure stupidity. How does that help the car manufacturers get their businesses going? It just costs them more money. Obama needs to think smart and stop trying to change everything just because George Bush did it the other way. At least wait until the economy gets going before trying to kill Detroit.

UltimateIdiot9113160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

I agree, I myself lean a bit towards republican. So far, almost none of Obama's plan sounds good because all they really are, are just do the opposite of Bush or mostly just benefit the US in the short term. Long term doesn't look too good. I mean, all his plan and changes are going to put us almost another trillion in debt according to Times, I think it was time, but I've read several articles on this. But I'll wait to see what he'll do, so far I have a negative opinion on him especially how he kept whining about the BB.

As for the delay, this is a hinder to progress. It's a burden to society, it's a burden to tax payer. In the end, it solves nothing.

I know people will disagree but this is my point of view. Everything has 2 sides, I personally just don't agree with what Obama stands for and I'm poor. Almost all my friends and family are democrat or pro-Obama, so I've heard it all about how he's going to make the world a better place but I just can't see it, I foresee the opposite.

SDS Gamerfiend3160d ago

I'M TIRED OF THE SDTV GRAINY SIGNAL ON MY TV! THESE CHEAP AZZ OLD PEOPLE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME TO EITHER GET DIGITAL CABLE OR A CONVERTER BOX! THEY ARE ON EBAY FOR DIRT CHEAP AS WELL AS MOM N POP STORES! THEY CAN'T BUY A CONVERTER BOX BUT THEY CAN SMOKE 2-3 PACKS OF CIGARETTES A DAY OR DRINK EVEN MORE BEERS! I'M PISSED!!!!

SaiyanFury3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

This was part of my argument. Older people will hold onto the analog standard as long as possible before converting. Only mandating the digital standard will MAKE them upgrade. Force is the only thing that many people understand. Like making people move from VHS to DVD, making it mandatory is they only way to force people along. DVD is now the pre-recorded standard and DVD players are cheap. I respect that some people don't want to make the transition, but they'll never adopt it as long as they can put it off.

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