Wednesday, February 4, 2009

House votes to delay digital TV transition

I am so glad they voted for this... now people won't have to worry about losing their TeeVee if they haven't gotten the switch done and can't afford it right now.

The House voted today 264-158 to delay the analog TV shutdown until June 12.

The nation was two weeks away from the original date of Feb. 17 for the digital transition, allowing broadcasters to replace analog TV signals with digital ones.

But the Obama administration and many Democrats asked for the delay, saying millions of people are not ready for the switch. The bill, already approved by the Senate, now goes to the president for his approval, considered a given. Still be resolved is the funding needed for more coupons to help consumers offset the cost of converter boxes. That issue will likely be considered as part of the economic stimulus legislation.


Fran said...

Someone pointed out the coupons were only good for 90 days & it took them 6 weeks to get them to people.
A very short window to use them, ours expired before we used them & when we asked if we could return them to get new ones with a new exp date , we were told no.
These are plastic credit card items, not an easily reproducible item. Still even though we could send the unused ones back to prove they had not been redeemed, the answer was NO.
I guess we can save them for a time capsule of historic memorabilia??

Annette said...

I never did understand why we HAD to do this in the first place.. just another way to FORCE people to pay for cable