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)?