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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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    Weird Harold, 27 Mar 2009 @ 2:28pm

    The switch to DTV has been a long time coming. I think that the current economic crisis may have shifted the numbers a bit on the numbers of people they expected to keep their old TVs. I am suspecting that they figured more people would just buy new TVs (especially christmas 2008) and instead people didn't buy this year, and instead are going to hang onto their old TVs for another year.

    It is also not clear from the story if there is in fact a shortage, just the potential for one if the redemption levels remain as high as they have been - at 60% redemption, they are short. At 50% redemption, they are fine.

    So it's a "maybe - possibly" situation, nothing more at this point. The manufactures are right too, there is no money to be made in set top boxes after that point, so why bother?

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