DTV

Here’s a little political rant about TV.

Congress mandated that full power broadcasters must convert to all digital transmission on 17 Feb. 2009. At least that was the law until yesterday.

Now they think it should wait until June. Why? Because people who can not afford converter boxes won’t be able to watch ‘Fattest Loser’.

It is not a surprise that TV is supposed to go digital. In fact in 1996 the FCC started distributing additional bandwidth to broadcasters in preparation. Since 2007 TV manufacturers have had to have digital tuners in their sets. A converter box casts $40. If someone has known since 2007 their TV was going to go black and they couldn’t scrape up $40 why am I paying for their box??

It is this type of government stupidity that torques me. Like bailing out banks. I am really unsympathetic in the area of TV because it’s such garbage. It’s worse now than in 1961 when FCC Chairman Newton Minow in an address before the National Association of Broadcasters said, “…sit down in front of your television set … what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”


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