DTV Transition Postponed Again!

As I mentioned on Twitter a few hours ago: Congress Changes DTV ‘Hard’ Date to June 12. Is pushing this back AGAIN right or wrong? The transition is seemingly long overdue. Upgrade, people!

I ordered my DTV converter box coupons as soon as I heard the government was handing them out (and yes, I still own a couple of analog sets). How you could miss the announcements for vouchers last year is beyond me – just about every local station had a scrolling ticker WARNING people that they wouldn’t be able to view anything unless they had a converter box come January.

Some of you responded to this question on Twitter:

creamers: agreed

about 4 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 03:19:22 +0000 2009

katarina1505: From what I’ve read it’s passed through Congress, and Obama is expected to sign it.

about 6 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 03:17:29 +0000 2009

KKPsi1919: Wrong because people had a year to get ready.

about 16 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 03:07:49 +0000 2009

marsacademy: I really don’t see the point of the delay. People either get it, or they won’t until the change is made

about 16 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 03:07:46 +0000 2009

therealdede: I know right? I grew up on bunny ears. Ughhh so annoying

about 17 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 03:06:29 +0000 2009

therealdede: wrong. Your state has that too niiice

about 45 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 02:38:39 +0000 2009

CourVO: no matter WHEN they do it….some people won’t be prepared

about 48 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 02:35:34 +0000 2009

Wallace_Reid: obviously, you don’t live in the sticks.

about 51 minutes ago
Thu Feb 05 02:32:39 +0000 2009

muckdog: The quickest way to get those who haven’t coverted to convert is to pull the plug.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:18:25 +0000 2009

wolrah: agreed. delaying doesn’t help anything, same number of idiots will complain then as now.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:17:58 +0000 2009

thesolutions: it’s true that many need to upgrade but so many haven’t

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:17:58 +0000 2009

PhilMan9045: I agree with you. If they’re not ready than making the switch will tell them they need to upgrade.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:16:04 +0000 2009

powerbook_pete: If people aren’t ready now, they won’t be ready in four months.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:15:43 +0000 2009

dailyclerk: the issue is that not everyone can afford the boxes and there are foreign channels that won’t deliver digital. Oye

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:14:51 +0000 2009

Condawg: Did that pass? I heard that it got rejected.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:11:30 +0000 2009

Kathy_L: I think this DTV BS is just so people have to start paying for TV. The ones who will lose out are the working poor.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:11:25 +0000 2009

mattsnod: Please just rip that DTV transition Band-Aid off already, government. That’s why it’s called a deadline.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:11:20 +0000 2009

lisalee: I’ve long since been digital but, for some folks, upgrading is costly or complicated. Heck, I’m still rocking the VHS!! ;-D

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:11:06 +0000 2009

GroudyRadio: No matter how long they delay, there will always be people who are not ready. just make the switch already!

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:10:55 +0000 2009

Twirrim: instead of a cut off date you’ll get a staggered mess

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:47 +0000 2009

kevin_weiner: It was a stupid move to delay the DTV deadline! They should just give it over with already!

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:37 +0000 2009

Twirrim: wrong, implemented in such a way that some stations can / will change early to reduce cost.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:36 +0000 2009

brandon_wirtz: But what if there was an alien invasion and the ladies in the Nursing home couldn’t get the news on their B&W Set?

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:25 +0000 2009

docrock: They have been moving the date for like five plus years… people just need to get with the picture… no pun intended.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:06 +0000 2009

LostInInaka: well we have until 2011 I think in Northern Japan…but its been rolling out from the south since 2008….I think (don’t q …

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:03 +0000 2009

jimlavin: Should have done it two years ago with the networks. But NO! We have to hold everyone’s hand and make sure they get converted.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:09:01 +0000 2009

jelloboi: Wrong! Folks have had 4 yrs since announced, 2 years since commercials, 1yr since coupons. Lazy folks won’t be ready in 4mos

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:08:32 +0000 2009

tvamy: yes but stations get to make their own call so it will be a huge confusing mess

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:08:17 +0000 2009

jthermane24: wrong the gov’t is just creating more confusion. U or me understand it but what about the Mexican who cant speak english

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:07:59 +0000 2009

KellyShibari: Obama’s thinking about the little people and I don’t mean midgets. Some ppl don’t have $40-wait, there’s a coupon. Never mind.

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:07:37 +0000 2009

kriskarkoski: I was hoping the government would have the balls to stick with the date and force people to move. Just delaying the inevitable

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:07:06 +0000 2009

geekgiant: Local station KOMO is petitioning to keep with the original date. I agree. Upgrade people!

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:06:59 +0000 2009

gurubrandon: Wooo.. that’s my birthday!

about an hour ago
Thu Feb 05 02:06:47 +0000 2009

Just tell me that you’ve already secured your converter box (if you still need one)?

13 thoughts on “DTV Transition Postponed Again!”

  1. My uncle, who relies on broadcast signals for the local stations and also has an HDTV, was already ready. He just plugged up the antenna to the built-in digital tuner on the HDTV and began enjoying really great quality images. You can tell it’s very clear, HD. My grandparents haven’t switched yet (analog signal’s good enough for them as is), but they’re ready with their coupons for the converter boxes.

  2. I can’t believe we are going to spend more money warning people about this. It’s like the election, I’m waiting for it to end just so I don’t have to hear the commercials/PSAs anymore!

  3. There are people who can’t read English and don’t know how will it affect them. There are also elderly people that just hear them but don’t know how will it affect them.
    Even though they delayed the DTV transaction, some stations will switch still on February 17, 2009. There are even cities that only broadcast in digital right now.

  4. This is going to be a problem. A lot of people will be like: hey look nothing happen Feb 17 so screw it. This making people more unlikely to get a box.

    I am sick of all this do it or forget about it.

  5. Even though I don’t have a converter box, yet. I don’t plan on getting one. Government just need to get there buts in gear and just convert. People are lazy. There has been many of news stories where people’s 40dollar voucher expired. Just convert so I can sell my T.V.

  6. I think the whole “convert to digital mandated by the government” is, once again, heavily lobbied by special-interest groups who stand to make money – you know, your friendly neighborhood cable company?

    TV broadcasting’s survival does NOT rest on everyone going digital. Our economy does NOT rest on everyone going digital. It’s a non-necessity item that should never have been started to begin with. Also, some of the public television providers are hurting greatly because of the switch. The local one here, WTVP Peoria, IL, almost went off the air because the switch to digital nearly bankrupt them.

    As for coupons, they’ve long run out, although I am sure more will be on the way.

    As for me, yes, I have cable so I’ll be fine. However, what about my retired, elderly aunt who lives in a waaaay back rural area of Wayne County, Illinois? What about all the folks out in the sticks who still have motorized antennas and rabbit ears?

    I’m all for Congress moving the date to June. In fact, I wouldn’t be too heartbroken if they kicked the regulation out the door for good.

  7. Seriously, the people who haven’t changed over by now aren’t going to until their TV stops working! Pushing this back is a waste of time. I say get it over with!

  8. There has been enough warning. The government just needs to bite the bullet and make the transition. It doesn’t matter when the transition is, some people still are going not know that the analog channels have been eliminated. This is just one of those things that has to be undertaken and implemented with the acceptance of people not knowing that there is going to be a transition.

  9. I think this is a big mess. Not everyone has money but they can afford antenna tv’s but nothing else. This is going to affect anyone with a regular tv that doesn’t wanna pay any money.

    I think the gov should just shell out the money that they don’t even have to pay for everyones upgrade!!! Let em deal with it!!!…

  10. I know this is BS, something is going on…I have a bunch of family members that ordered the converters, because they have no cable and there anxious to watch a clear set.

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