FCC Chair Speaks Out Against DTV Transition Delay
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin voiced his opinion about the suggested delay of the transition to digital television signals. The delay had been suggested due to the belief that consumers aren't prepared for the transition, and that there aren't enough coupons for the necessary converter boxes required for analog televisions to receive the new digital transmissions. Martin believes that something should be done about the coupons rather than delay the transition. He also said that a new transition deadline would likely not be taken seriously, and pointed out that wireless companies, such as Qualcomm, are waiting to use the 700 MHz spectrum that will be freed up by the transition. Any delay could snarl their plans and have negative ramifications on their businesses.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.
LG to Push Back LG Pay Launch to Give G5 More Attention
LG has decided to delay the official debut of LG Pay, which was expected to mark its arrival at this month's Mobile World Congress trade show. "LG Electronics has delayed the official launch of LG Pay to the second quarter of this year to help the new LG flagship smartphone — G5 — receive more media attention," said an LG spokesperson to the Korea Times.
Intel Debuts 5G Radios
Intel today announced a range of 5G modems for mobile devices that rely on various technologies to handle the transition from 4G to 5G. The XMM 8000 series will handle multi-mode operations on 600 MHz and mmWave band around the globe and will be ideal for PCs, phones, and fixed wireless equipment.
Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner, Set to Depart Agency
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, one of two Democrats on the five-person commission, today said she intends to retire from the FCC. Clyburn has been with the agency for eight years.
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DTV transition unprecedented change in communications
While new modes have been added since the original AM radio (FM, IBOC, DTV), and even new features (AM stereo, FM stereo, color television) ... there really hasn't been a case where a certain mode was rendered completely obsolete and unusable.
TV is quite ubiquitous, and its nowhere near what happened during the AMPS/TDMA sunsets. Even color TV was additive, so you can't really call that a transition.
While most of us savvy folks will visit on the web, call the 800 number advertised, or subscribe (continue to subscribe) to premium service television, there are many folks out there who are afraid of technology and can't even program their VCR clocks, let alone hook up a converter.
Obama, if you love your blackberry,
Seriously, however, those people that didn't take NUMEROUS advantages to obtain a discounted converter box will be forced to pay the $60 bucks for one. Tuff stuff. Remember the story of the Grasshopper and the Ants? Ants won, because they thought ahead. Those people that don't have a box still, will just not have over the air television for what......a day? Chances are they'll either buy a new TV, or a converter box. It's not like we didn't warn them!
This is stupid, and if this gets put off, I declare Congress and the Presidency's attack against technology!
I feel bad, But?
This spectrum has been spoken for and paid for. I honestly do feel bad for those who waited, but people need to take responsibility for their actions. Delaying is not going to solve anything.
Write to the FCC and Obama
Enough, time to move on. Wireless carriers are waiting for that 700mhz to deploy LTE!