DTV Delay?

by Gabe Bullard on January 9, 2009

If you were listening to WFPL at 5:45pm on March 21st – or if you’ve watched more than 10 minutes of television in the last 6 months – you know about the digital transition on February 17th.
The program that supplies coupons for converter boxes ran out of money this month. In response Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta suggests Congress delay the transition to give people more time to learn about DTV and to get coupons.
Several Louisville stations are broadcasting analog and digital signals simultaneously. There was even a test recently where the major broadcasters interrupted their analog signals.
Have you prepared for the switchover? Remember, you won’t necessarily be watching HDTV.

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Bill Bowers January 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

Yes, and create a new federal Department of Spelling Out To Idiots What They Already Should Know Because It’s Been Advertised Repeatedly For At Least a Couple Of Years; or maybe just tell anyone who is not up to speed on the digital transition to CALL SOMEBODY WHO DOES KNOW! Holy moly!

Wayne Kottkamp January 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

The delay will not do anything. People that are not ready by now will not be any more ready two months from now. These are the people that will not get off their tails to do anything until you take away their signal. Then they will have a converter box within a day.

Joe Harrick January 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I completely agree with the other two posts. I bought my converter box last Summer and immediately benefitted from it by receiving a local weather channel, among other things. If you are not ready by now, you never will be and that is not the problem of those of us who Are ready, nor the Government!

Matthew January 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I recently worked on a campaign with the DoC about the transition, and you would be surprised how many people still do not know about the transition. While you may have seen advertising, for someone whom english is a second language might not have gotten the same message.
Advertisements also need to be where people live and tune in – bus advertisements are just now reaching our urban communities. Ultimately though, some people know vaguely about the transition (like my parents) but didn’t know they had such little time left – it was just some distant date in the future.
I hope you will all please take the time to talk with your friends and family are ready for the DTV transition.

Robert January 31, 2009 at 12:03 am

To the last post. I am sorry that you did not know about it. they have had it on the TV ad’s for like the past 3 to 4 month and if you do not know about it then you have been in a cave some where. Where I live it is on the air like ever hour up to 2 times and even more an hour. I agree to the post that was on 1/18/09 and 1/22/09. If you are not ready you are not going to be. As he said it been on tv for the past 2 to 3 years about it.

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