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Opening Arguments

Boxed in

Why do so many people still trust the government to lift up the downtrodden when so many of its actions end up screwing the poorest among us?

NEW YORK (AP) -- TV's big switch from analog to digital broadcasts will be complete in just one year, on Feb. 17, 2009, and many consumers are puzzling over how the shift will affect them: Do they need a new converter box, a new TV, a better antenna?

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Those who will be affected are the 13 million or so households that get TV broadcasts exclusively over the air and have a TV more than a few years old - or even a newer TV that's relatively small. Also affected are TVs not connected to cable, even if a home has cable.

Of course government will be there to fix the problem it has caused, with one of its usual collect-and-redistribute schemes, this time in the form of a $40 coupon to be applied toward a converter box.


Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:08am

And so, Leo, we are left with the options of the $40 box, a free box -a government giveaway-, or staying with old technology indefinitely. What to do, what to do?

Kevin Knuth
Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:53am

There is some other things to consider here-

The FCC is moving the bandwidth spectrum for TV to the Digital bands. Then they will "sell" the old TV spectrum for BILLIONS of dollars.

The $40 converter box was figured into the math I think....but I am not sure of that.

Bob G.
Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:20pm

Just another case of "If it ain't broke, trust the GOVERNMENT to FIX it (anyway)".

Hey maybe there'll be a jar of vaseline with every converter box?

We can only hope.



A J Bogle
Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:51pm

Good time to shut off the old idiot box once and for all. - Good time to reinvent family time talking, playing games, reading and so forth. Besides I get most of my news from the web anymore anyway.

Bob G.
Mon, 02/18/2008 - 4:15pm

There 'ya go, AJ...
A PIANO in EVERY parlor!
Time to dig out & dust off the AUTOHARP.
Everybody sing along!
Who needs American Idol, when we have family members just as good (or bad)?

And where's that parchessi board?

Considering any TV I watch is mainly OLD movies, hell, I can BUY them on eBay!
I can count the channels I watch (out of potentially HUNDREDS) on ONE hand.

Maybe we CAN send a message to these people.