Friday, January 09, 2009

Please stand by...

I was going to do a post on the problems surrounding the coupon redemption program, but a new development reported today takes precedence over that - President-elect Obama would like to delay the transitionfor an unspecified time. I'll have more on this sometime this weekend.

UPDATE OK, so it's taking a bit longer. Tuesday for sure!


At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks, it is easy for city slickers (like me) in LA and major markets to sit back and make fun of those who are not as technically savvy or behind the times in your view, but it is arrogant and cruel. I am a top TV producer working exclusively in HD -- and have been for years, and my family literally designed Satellite TV... I think I am qualified to have an opinion. DELAY THE TRANSITION. The airwaves are owned by the public. We are entering into the 2nd great depression. We need FREE information and entertainment as a matter of national security. This is the worst possible time in history to cut off free media. I know the guys who INVENTED television -- and they say what I say. DELAY DELAY DELAY, or you'll lose your jobs, Congress. It's that simple.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous jheartney said...

Well, the transition has already been delayed at least once. I do think the "do it cold turkey all across the country in one fell swoop" methodology was kind of harebrained, and that there ought to be some thought about helping people with antenna problems (which are likely to be a bigger deal than just getting a converter box). Still, it's a real advance in television broadcasting, and we ought to be pushing it forward, and not delaying endlessly.

If one of the big problems we face is lack of coupon money, then maybe we ought to replenish the funds for that. After all, I had the impression they were looking for ways to quickly spend money, and to upgrade infrastructure (broadly defined). Helping people make the digital television transition does both.


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