Act Now for Free TV–And Subsidized DTV Boxes

by on January 2, 2008 · 12 comments

Did you know that you have only 412 days left of analog-TV viewing pleasure?

Yes, it’s true (unless lawmakers change their minds in response to lobbying from, e.g., circa-1968-Zenith-owning grandmothers from the Heartland flown in by the NAB). In 412 days, your old analog set will pick up nothing but soothing, gentle static (let’s hear it for user-generated content).

For some, this may be a relief–it will be, after all, locally-produced static.


But for others, it will be terror. No 10 o’clock news! No “View”! No very special episodes!

Without some kind of help, it would be denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance for the 45 million or so American homes without cable or satellite service who somehow miss word of the transition. No doubt 911 call-centers will be inundated.

But fear not: The government has a program. Visit the just-launched DTV2009 website to apply for a $40-voucher towards the purchase of a converter box. Get two, even! No eligibility requirements. There’s no need even to prove that you have some kind of analog device, lack cable, etc. Just fill out the form, sit back, and check your mail every once in a while.

With the voucher, expect to pay around $10 for a converter box–cheap!

To free speech, assembly, compensation for takings, and due process add a right to free terrestrial-broadcast TV. It’s probably somewhere in the 14th Amendment.

  • eric

    The server appears to be busy at times, but with persistance the page loaded. I’m in for two. No cable here. All analog TVs.

    I think your sarcasm is unwarranted. There are plenty of folks whose lives don’t revolve around television, who have perfectly good analog sets, and who shouldn’t be forced to upgrade simply because the government wants to sell spectrum. This is one of the few government programs I approve of. Thankfully the government is not actually manufacturing the converter boxes. Then we really would be in trouble.

  • eric

    The server appears to be busy at times, but with persistance the page loaded. I’m in for two. No cable here. All analog TVs.

    I think your sarcasm is unwarranted. There are plenty of folks whose lives don’t revolve around television, who have perfectly good analog sets, and who shouldn’t be forced to upgrade simply because the government wants to sell spectrum. This is one of the few government programs I approve of. Thankfully the government is not actually manufacturing the converter boxes. Then we really would be in trouble.

  • Scott

    On behalf of the NAB, I can tell you with certainty that we are not lobbying for an extension of the analog cut-off date. Broadcasters are eager and ready to proceed with the transition. Powering two streams can be very expensive, especially for small market television stations.

  • Scott

    On behalf of the NAB, I can tell you with certainty that we are not lobbying for an extension of the analog cut-off date. Broadcasters are eager and ready to proceed with the transition. Powering two streams can be very expensive, especially for small market television stations.

  • http://linuxworld.com/community/ Don Marti

    The National Council of Power Strip Manufacturers is probably behind this one, to encourage people to have to plug in a box plus a TV instead of replacing the TV.

  • http://linuxworld.com/community/ Don Marti

    The National Council of Power Strip Manufacturers is probably behind this one, to encourage people to have to plug in a box plus a TV instead of replacing the TV.

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    Very nice site. I am looking forward to more on the subject of DTV.

  • http://www.digitaltvconverterbox.com Digital TV Converter Box

    Very nice site. I am looking forward to more on the subject of DTV.

  • Jesse

    HI,

    I have a website that offers over 50 different Converter Box reviews. It is http://dtvconverterboxes.blogspot.com. I was wondering if you would be interested in linking to it here from your DTV Post? If not and you delete this post thats fine do, just thought I would ask and couldn't find an email contact on here for you.

    Thanks!

  • Jesse

    HI,

    I have a website that offers over 50 different Converter Box reviews. It is http://dtvconverterboxes.blogspot.com. I was wondering if you would be interested in linking to it here from your DTV Post? If not and you delete this post thats fine do, just thought I would ask and couldn't find an email contact on here for you.

    Thanks!

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    But fear not: The government has a program. Visit the just-launched DTV2009 website to apply for a $40-voucher towards the purchase of a converter box. Get two, even! No eligibility requirements. There’s no need even to prove that you have some kind of analog device, lack cable, etc. Just fill out the form, sit back, and check your mail every once in a while.

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    But fear not: The government has a program. Visit the just-launched DTV2009 website to apply for a $40-voucher towards the purchase of a converter box. Get two, even! No eligibility requirements. There’s no need even to prove that you have some kind of analog device, lack cable, etc. Just fill out the form, sit back, and check your mail every once in a while.

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