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Rocketta
Oct 7th, 2005, 01:55 AM
US Senate Commerce boss backs 2009 digital TV move

Thu Oct 6, 4:02 AM ET



U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Wednesday he supported setting 2009 as the year for completing the transition to higher-quality digital television.

U.S. lawmakers have been debating when to require television broadcasters to shut off their analog signals and only air digital. Current law sets the deadline as either December 31, 2006 or when 85 percent of the television audience can receive digital, whichever comes later.

Since most Americans have yet to buy the new television sets or equipment needed in part because of their high cost, experts have said the transition could take a decade.

"With a 2009 hard date, there would be three Christmas buying seasons during which Americans will buy digital television sets," Stevens said in remarks to the Association of Maximum Service Television conference.

Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said his committee would consider on October 19 a bill to set the date.

The government plans to auction most of the analog airwaves to commercial wireless providers, a sale that is expected to raise billions of dollars. Some airwaves would be set aside for public safety organizations.

Stevens and other lawmakers want to use some of that auction money to partially subsidize equipment to convert digital back into analog for those households that cannot afford to buy the expensive new sets.

"Our converter box program will attempt to ensure that consumers who cannot buy a digital television set will still be able to watch TV with a converter box," Stevens said.

Draft legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would set January 1, 2009 as the deadline for completing the digital television transition.

Reuters/VNU

Rocketta
Oct 7th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Stevens and other lawmakers want to use some of that auction money to partially subsidize equipment to convert digital back into analog for those households that cannot afford to buy the expensive new sets.

hmm, why don't they just force the TV makers to come down in price so people can afford them? :rolleyes:

creep
Oct 7th, 2005, 01:36 PM
I have a freeview digital box, but when the weathers bad the picture can be awful. Satellite digital or cable is far superior.

Scotso
Oct 7th, 2005, 11:55 PM
Yeah, I hope they plan on socializing TV buying, because some people aren't going to be able to afford this and won't be happy when they can't watch TV.

Wigglytuff
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:21 AM
this is a joke, its not just about a digital tv, its also about tagged television, and thats NOT going to happen.

Rocketta
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:21 AM
You know TV use to be a free form of entertainment and now with this whole digital age they are trying to make it into something you have to pay out the wazoo for. :rolleyes:

Rocketta
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:22 AM
this is a joke, its not just about a digital tv, its also about tagged television, and thats NOT going to happen.

what's tagged tv??

Wigglytuff
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:40 AM
what's tagged tv??
its copyright for tv.

it would keep you from getting things onto VHS and then if you have a DVR it would prevent you from skipping commericials and delete shows after a few days and keep you from taping some shows. basicly, it would break television. which is why i tell people not to by hi def digital. its the start of something evil

Rocketta
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:42 AM
its copyright for tv.

it would keep you from getting things onto VHS and then if you have a DVR it would prevent you from skipping commericials and delete shows after a few days and keep you from taping some shows. basicly, it would break television. which is why i tell people not to by hi def digital. its the start of something evil

money corrupts absolutely. :(