Us American nerds have known for literally years that analog TV signals were eventually going to be shut off. Congress set the date of February 17, 2009 a few years ago and in true government fashion, that date *might* be pushed to June 12 with the digital coupon program to blame. You see, funding ran out for the $40 coupons weeks ago but procrastinating consumers are just now applying causing a backlog of 2.1 million applicants – or so they say. Now Congress wants to push back the date and bailout all these American households that will loss their local news and prime time TV.
I will bet you anything that if the FCC phones the people that applied and simply asks, “Do you have cable or satellite?” the list could be cut down dramatically. Even though there have been commercial after paper mailer after radio spot about antenna-only folk need the digital converter, a lot of consumers still don’t get it. Ironically my neighbor, who steals my cable, asked what they were suppose to do. I laughed inside and said “Nothing at all.”
The big wigs that make these decisions were suppose to meet today. No word just yet about the results but I would bet an Obama quarter that the date gets pushed back to at least June.