When one government entity gets its fingers in the pie and comes back cherry, there are others waiting in the wings for their share.
Not to be left out in the cold, the Digital TV Transition Coupon Department, or better known in political circles as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), wants their millions too.
Karl Bode from DSLReports.com has the find:
Back in 2007, the government announced it would be giving each household in the United States two coupons to help pay for digital adapters, made necessary by the February 17, 2009 transition from analog to digital television. According to the Associated Press, there's still millions of households unprepared for the shift, yet the program funding these subsidies is almost out of cash. The NTIA had a $1.34 billion funding ceiling for the program, and is now saying that unless they get more cash, they'll have to start putting consumers on a waiting list.
In my opinion, this whole DTV thing is stupid, bone-headed, wrong, evil...etc. Think about this. To get the reception you either have to upgrade your roof antenna and purchase a converter that runs on electricity. Or, you buy a newer television with a digital tuner built in along with an antenna. Yes, I know people who use satellite or cablevision don't have to worry about the conversion. I am not worried about those people right now.
Think of this scenario. A user has an older set. They get their feed from satellite. They think that they are set. As a satellite user, I know that satellite feeds have their issues during stormy or wintry weather. During particularly bad weather, satellite feed gets disrupted by the intense rainfall. No TV at that point. So, break out the antenna. Oops. Now there is still no TV because all stations have switched to digital broadcasts.
OK. No problem right? You run out in the rain and borrow one of your neighbor's extra DTV converters. Ooops. Now that the storm is heading your way (you would know this and had stayed inside crouched in the closet if you had cablevision or an antenna and converter already) the power goes out.
Now, what are you going to do? How are you going to get your weather reports. No problem. Just break out your portable TV that runs on batteries. OOPS!! Portable TVs don't receive digital broadcasts and that expensive converter does not run on batteries. Besides, most portables don't accept external feeds.
So, when the president comes on national TV and tells you that this storm is actually caused by Klatu destroying the world for the planet's sake, you missed that call. You couldn't watch tv because the FEDS mandated everyone switch to Digital
. Should have gotten ATT. Oh.. sorry, wrong commercial.
Anyway... has anyone else seen problems with their DTV feeds compared to over-the-air? For myself, the4 DTV feed our local PBS station stinks about as bad as watching scrambled cable channels.