Report Says Government Has No Plan for Digital TV Switch-Over
Till now the government relied very strongly on initiatives from the private sector to spread the word about the switch from analog to digital. When the switch is finalized, citizens' analog television sets will cease to function with over the air (OTA) broadcasts. Owners who don't purchase a digital television will be forced to get a cable or satellite TV system or a digital/analog converter box. The government has put in place a program to lighten the load on the consumer by subsidizing the purchase of a new digital TV or converter box by offering $40 coupons for the purchases.
Kevin Martin, chairman of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the arm of the Commerce Department overseeing the transition, responded by offering 99 pages of "comprehensive plans, goals and achievements" drawn up by the FCC.
While you might not be able to rely on the government to tell you what to do and when, we can do our part and remind you to have your new TV in place by February 2009 (the earlier the better) so that you don't miss a single episode of the the 11th season of 'America's Next Top Model.'
For more information regarding the switch from analog to digital television check out the following links:
- FCC 'All-Digital Television is Coming'
- PBS 'Digital TV: A Cringley Crash Course'
- How Stuff Works: Digital Television
- How to Watch TV Online - For Free
- Sync TV Offers Pay-Per-Channel Subscriptions
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