Latest Digital TV Transition Hiccup: Not Enough Converter Boxes

from the best-laid-plans dept

The transition from analog to digital TV has turned into a real mess, thanks to the bungled converter-box coupon program, but also because of the ham-fisted way in which the delay of the transition's been handled. Earlier in the week, it seemed things might be getting back on track as the coupons started flowing again, but today we come to find out that officials are now worried about a shortage of boxes. You'd think somebody might have looked into the supply situation earlier, but hey, apparently it didn't really matter as long as there weren't any coupons. Once again, this illustrates how poorly the government has managed this situation. The coupon plan has been flawed from the outset, and if the government was so concerned about the supply of boxes, it should have taken steps to ensure it would be sufficient long ago. Stay tuned for another delay...
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  1. identicon
    Freedom, 27 Mar 2009 @ 10:36pm

    Re:

    >> There is no particular "right" to free TV, but there is a moral obligation that comes from completely obsoleting everyone's receiving equipment that they have invested in.

    TV isn't an investment, it is a product and like all products have a limited useful life.

    >> For a certain segment of the population, over the air is the only way they get TV. In order to make the transition to digital work out (I would say quickly, but it has taken forever), the government agreed to support a program to help those people who could not afford or desire to move to new receivers to still be able to receive what they received before when they made the investment in their existing TV.

    If you really can't afford a new TV or a converter box you've got bigger issues. For those true hardship cases where someone has to have TV and just can't pay for the converter box, local resources can help (family, etc.). However, getting TV is not a right. If you can pay your electrical bill, I'm assuming you can find $100 for the true cost of a converter box.

    >> Remember when TV went from black and white to color? black and white TVs still worked without issue, and the color standard was actually watered down at that point so that the signals were backwards compatible. It wasn't possible this time, so this is the solution.

    >> It is nothing more than an attmept by the government to move TV to new frequencies while not affecting the population. The cost of that is converter boxes.

    >> Talking about "rights" and "whining, lazy-a** welfare recipients" misses why this is happening.

    I fully realize the whys, I just think our mentality has changed that the government owes us and more importantly needs to take care of us. What really bothers me is that this isn't even for something that matters like getting health care and so on, it is about making sure you can watch TV. I'm sorry, but it is just TV and while a nice gesture, with $11 trillion dollars of debt and going up each day, it isn't something we can afford.

    Freedom

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