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Are You Ready For DTV? – New Updates

During the month of January 2009, I was prepared to purchase a converter box for my older television. I applied for the $40 government-issued coupon in October via the Internet, and received my coupon in the mail, three weeks later. I ran across an advertisement from a local drugstore that advertised a 2-day sale for a digital to analog broadcast converter with remote control. The advertisement stated, “Present your drugstore discount card, along with your $40 government-issued coupon and receive the converter box free.”

Well, I couldn’t pass up this bargain and called the drugstore that advertised the sale. A customer service representative informed me that their store did not have any converter boxes in stock, but expected a shipment in a few days. I called another drugstore and again, I was told that they no longer had any converter boxes in stock. In fact, I telephoned several drugstores, and learned that there is a nation-wide shortage of converter boxes for sale and no one knows for sure, when their shipments are due to arrive.

I fretted over the fact that the expiration date on my $40 government-issued coupon was due to expire on the last day of January. So, I decided to visit the drugstore and inquired about the converter boxes. Since the converter boxes were not in stock, I requested a rain check. So, I searched the Internet for more information, pertaining to updates regarding digital TV. I learned that the Senate voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12, 2009. Nearly 6.5 million households still are not ready, and the government voucher program to buy a converter box ran out of money. The Public Broadcasting Service estimates that delaying the digital TV transition to June 12th would cost public broadcasters $22 million.

Democrats in Congress pushed for a delay, due to growing concerns that too many Americans won’t be ready for the scheduled February 17th changeover. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration are sending out new coupons only as older, unredeemed ones expire and free up more money. The NTIA has approximately 2.6 million coupon requests on a waiting list. I later learned that the house defeated the bill that would have pushed back the transition until June and the transition date was set to remain for February 17, 2009. I began to worry because I cannot afford to purchase a converter box before February 17th. Unfortunately, I am not a subscriber to cable or satellite TV or own a television with a digital tuner.

On February 2, 2009, I was overjoyed when I read the latest news updates and the DTV Delay Bill is expected to pass. The transition will be delayed until June 12, 2009. The Senate has approved a revised piece of legislation and the bill will make it to President Obama’s desk by the end of this week. The House is seeking a majority versus two-thirds vote to secure passage.



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During the month of January 2009, I was prepared to purchase a converter box for my older television. I applied for the $40 government-issued coupon in October via the Internet, and received my coupon in the mail, three weeks later. I ran across an advertisement from a local drugstore that advertised a 2-day sale for a digital to analog broadcast converter with remote control. The advertisement stated, “Present your drugstore discount card, along with your $40 government-issued coupon and receive the converter box free.”

Well, I couldn’t pass up this bargain and called the drugstore that advertised the sale. A customer service representative informed me that their store did not have any converter boxes in stock, but expected a shipment in a few days. I called another drugstore and again, I was told that they no longer had any converter boxes in stock. In fact, I telephoned several drugstores, and learned that there is a nation-wide shortage of converter boxes for sale and no one knows for sure, when their shipments are due to arrive.

I fretted over the fact that the expiration date on my $40 government-issued coupon was due to expire on the last day of January. So, I decided to visit the drugstore and inquired about the converter boxes. Since the converter boxes were not in stock, I requested a rain check. So, I searched the Internet for more information, pertaining to updates regarding digital TV. I learned that the Senate voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12, 2009. Nearly 6.5 million households still are not ready, and the government voucher program to buy a converter box ran out of money. The Public Broadcasting Service estimates that delaying the digital TV transition to June 12th would cost public broadcasters $22 million.

Democrats in Congress pushed for a delay, due to growing concerns that too many Americans won’t be ready for the scheduled February 17th changeover. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration are sending out new coupons only as older, unredeemed ones expire and free up more money. The NTIA has approximately 2.6 million coupon requests on a waiting list. I later learned that the house defeated the bill that would have pushed back the transition until June and the transition date was set to remain for February 17, 2009. I began to worry because I cannot afford to purchase a converter box before February 17th. Unfortunately, I am not a subscriber to cable or satellite TV or own a television with a digital tuner.

On February 2, 2009, I was overjoyed when I read the latest news updates and the DTV Delay Bill is expected to pass. The transition will be delayed until June 12, 2009. The Senate has approved a revised piece of legislation and the bill will make it to President Obama’s desk by the end of this week. The House is seeking a majority versus two-thirds vote to secure passage.


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