Question from J Q Public:
Why the DTV delay?
Answer from Washington:
You are not ready!
First I would think that the Obama administration would have more important things to deal with, like the failing United States economy!
But instead they are pushing a bill through the House and Congress to delay the Digital Television transition. The Digital Transitions has been going on for eight years. So is four months going to make any difference?
Ok so the 1.3 billion dollars ran out, that means 32.5 million converter boxes were bought. According to ConsumersAffairs.com 58% of the households have cable, 29% have satellite. If there about 100 million households in the United States that means the majority of us are ready for the conversion to digital television or do not need it. Remember anyone using cable, satellite or IPTV will not be effected by the digital transition.
So there are two million plus waiting for a converter box coupion. Let them buy a converter box and get a tax credit. There is no delay and no excuses.
The delay, if approved, will cost the broadcasters millions of dollars in cost over the additional four months. This increase in cost is because they will need to run both the analog and digital transmitters for an additional 4 months. Most broadcasters have hundreds of station across the country. So this adds up fast.
In my opinion we should not add to the confusion over the digital transition. Instead after eight years of having feet in both the digital and analog world, just do the cut over on February 17 , 2009 as planed. Washington should get on the task at handle the US economy. Washington does not need to be worried about or TV.