The House voted yesterday to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals to June 12, giving consumers four additional months to get ready for the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The original date for the switch was to take place on February 17, which was set by Congress three years ago. The Senate passed the bill last week, and it now goes to President Obama for signing. According to the Associated Press, "The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals still are not ready." Subscribers to cable or satellite TV or those who have a newer television set will not be affected. The delay will also allow the government more time to put additional funds into the voucher program that provides coupons for consumers to purchase a converter box. As they say on TV, stay tuned.
So I guess I am just a little frustrated that we are going to all this trouble for TVs.
Wouldn't it be easier to encourage everyone to just buy a new TV. Why don't we just give a voucher for a new TV set, instead of buying "switch" boxes and such and making this more complicated than it needs to be?
I agree with Novopros! However, if people out of work don't have the money have the $14.95 to buy the converter box, how are they going to buy a new TV? If you can give Wall St billions, give the taxpayers a coupon to buy the new HDTV's. Has anyone seen the price on these things...$899 to $1700! I'm unemployed but I would spend money on stocking my food pantry and paying utility bills to keep the lights, water and so forth on 1st!
Not a converter box for a TV. And why did the govt put an expiration on those cards anyway unless it was Feb 17, 2009. A friend couldn't use them because the expiration date wasn't her 90 days but the time the store had to get it back to the govt. Thank you, Pres Obama for moving the date. We all should have some money by June after we pay our income tax.