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Senate Passes Revised DTV Delay Bill

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Jan 30, 2009, 8:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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Jan 30, 2009, 9:36 AM

Heres the problem for broadcasters

As someone with a insiders view , the problem with delaying the Feb switchover is that:

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.
You just know they'll come out of this looking awful. They don't have the budget to support two broadcast frequencies (to the tune of the thousands of dollars per month) for another 4 months. The revised bill allows them to voluntarily shut off their ...

Jan 30, 2009, 9:12 AM

Bad idea...

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 stations are digital and some are still analog, I can easily see people getting confused as to what to do to watch different stations.

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?"

Etc... etc....
EliteABombAZ said:
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

Jan 30, 2009, 8:47 AM

Doesn't this defeat the purpose?

We have a deadline to meet, But only if you want to!

Counter productivity is so good for advancements! 🙄
So ananlog will still run while some will be digital.

Jan 30, 2009, 11:03 AM

Can i get a delay on my DMV renewal also?

no, if u past the expired day, they charge u DOUBLE the penalty. so y should this stupid analogy TV got another chance?
DMV only gave me 1 years notice to take care of this! That's not long enough! I need at least 2.5 years just like DTV!

Jan 30, 2009, 11:13 AM

y would advertisers want to advertise on anology?

u pay the same fee to reach that 2.5 millions still on analogy tv.
or pay the same fee to reach 100s of millions of people on Digital.

Jan 30, 2009, 10:05 AM

HOR is going to shut this down!

I think they should! Get a dang converter box people!

Jan 30, 2009, 8:38 AM

How to make a bad idea worse...

... make compliance optional.

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.

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