Digital TV Transition Delay Passes House

rated by 0 users
This post has 5 Replies | 1 Follower

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 24,884
Points 1,116,860
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Wed, Feb 4 2009 5:38 PM

Digital TV TransitionAfter the Senate approved a delay for the Digital TV Transition in January, the House of Representatives blocked it in a vote of 258 to 168. Now, the House of Representatives is rehashing the issue and has voted to delay the switch to digital television after all. In case you were wondering, the initial House vote was in a special fast-track vote which required two-thirds support to pass.  This time, the bill passed under a regular floor vote, which requires only a simple majority.


Digital TV TransitionToday, the House voted 264-158 to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12 in order to address concerns that too many Americans wouldn’t be ready. The original deadline of February 17 was set by Congress three years ago. Now, the bill will head to President Barack Obama for his signature.


The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have fought for this delay claiming the previous administration mismanaged efforts to ensure all consumers were properly prepared for the switchover. The Nielsen Co. estimates more than 6.5 million households in the U.S. that rely on analog TV sets are still not ready for the transition, meaning they don’t own a new enough TV with a built-in ATSC (digital) tuner or they haven’t purchased a DTV converter box which would enable their older TV set to accept the new signal. People who subscribe to cable or satellite TV or have a newer TV that has a digital tuner will not be affected by the changeover.


The delay won’t come without costs. Not only is there likely to be some added confusion over the change, but broadcasters will also pay a price in rescheduling tear downs and other activities associated with the changeover. In addition, companies such as Qualcomm who were hoping to take advantage of the vacated analog spaces to expand their services will now have to wait to do so.




  • | Post Points: 35
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,017
Points 43,210
Joined: May 2005
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

IS there anything that says these companies can't still switch over when they want. I thought the bill just stated that they had to have the switch over done by said date but I don't recall anything saying they can't keep there own deadlines if they choose.

  • | Post Points: 35
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,477
Points 53,915
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Dave_HH replied on Wed, Feb 4 2009 10:59 PM

Hmm good point. Never thought of it that way.

Editor In Chief
http://hothardware.com


  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

nelsoncp21:

IS there anything that says these companies can't still switch over when they want. I thought the bill just stated that they had to have the switch over done by said date but I don't recall anything saying they can't keep there own deadlines if they choose.

Actually the revised bill allows them to switch anytime they want. I think this is only added confusion though.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,371
Points 80,285
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: United States, Arizona
Moderator

lol; so in one essence nothing changed. Glad to see the Gov working hard!

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."

2700K

Z77 GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER

GIGABYTE GTX670

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133

Antec P280

Corsair H100

Asus Blu-ray burner

Seasonic X650 PSU

Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,071
Points 37,990
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: Texas
acarzt replied on Thu, Feb 5 2009 11:05 AM

dammit... lol

Core i7 920|EVGA X58|GTX 660 TI & 460se for PHYSX|2x30GB Vertex RAID0|5x1.5TB RAID5

-- Certifications --

CompTIA A+; CompTIA Network+ ; CompTIA Security+; Microsoft Certified Professional(MCP); Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator(MCSA); Microsoft Certified Sysems Engineer(MCSE); Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA); Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP); Aruba Certified Mobility Associate (ACMA);

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (6 items) | RSS