Tuesday, January 13, 2009

February 17th, 2009 - D-day

So the big day is not far off. We're about a month out from the digital television broadcast switchover. No sooner could the doomsday-ism have started. President-Elect Obama recently stated that he may postpone the switch over because a federal program that issues coupons for DTV boxes is out of money. My guess is that even if there was enough money for every household that requested the coupon, there probably are not enough of those digital converter boxes in stores to fulfill the need. The real question is, does the need even exist? Sure there are probably plenty of people that will no longer be able to receive an Over-the-air (OTA) TV signal any longer due to the different wavelengths used for digital TV transmissions or other factors. But today, there is a plethora of ways to recieve television content, through satellite, cable, the internet, and most recently fiber optic cable. Sure, those methods aren't free. But this is a completely different issue from the one addressed by Mr. Obama. He's only worried cause a federal program is out of money. What's wrong with someone shelling out $50 for their digital converter box if they don't get a coupon by February 17th? Who's to say the program won't get refunded in a few months or a year, and the people that didn't get their coupons now, will get them later.

Who says anyone has a right to watch TV? The constitution certainly doesn't.

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