Senate Passes Revised DTV Delay Bill
The Senate has passed a slightly modified version of the digital TV delay bill that it passed earlier this week. According to Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, the delay is now voluntary and TV stations can choose to switch to digital transmissions on February 17, as scheduled, and cease analog transmissions. The changes could help companies such as Qualcomm, which have invested heavily in preparation for the February 17 date. The bill will now go back to the House of Representatives.
Heres the problem for broadcasters
1. A lot of broadcasters will have tower leases for their analog antenna that end on or around the Febuary cutoff date
2. A lot of broadcasters have tower crews scheduled to complete antenna change outs and or removal of analog antennas (for maximizing of the digital signal) over the next few weeks leading up to the planned febuary cutoff date. It would be hard to reschedule the limited number of these crews available.
3. Most stations are running 2 transmitter plants (one analog, one digital) with huge electric bills, it is a finacial strain they are looking forward to ending.
Lady to elderly mother...
"It's on channel 8."
"It's not comming on... the screen is snowy..."
"Turn on the converter box..."
"Get the other remote and turn on the digital box."
"How do I do that?"
I don't own one of those digital converter boxes... but I imagine it works like any other set top box... if you connect by coaxial, then you will need to put the TV on channel 3 or 4 for it to work. If some TV st
Doesn't this defeat the purpose?
Counter productivity is so good for advancements!
Can i get a delay on my DMV renewal also?
y would advertisers want to advertise on anology?
or pay the same fee to reach 100s of millions of people on Digital.
HOR is going to shut this down!
How to make a bad idea worse...
1. Consumers will not know whether or not they will have analog TV service by the transition day, so they will assume they will and will not act.
2. Broadcasters will not know whether they will need to shutdown analog transmissions, so will act conservatively and not stop broadcasting in analog.
3. Qualcomm and other technology companies that have purchased this spectrum will lose time and money because they can not deploy in spectrum that was promised to them years ago.
JUST SAY NO!