Tarry for the Nonce

February 9, 2006


Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 5:53 pm

Make sure you have a digital TV by February 17, 2009:

The legislation links TV and the budget because the government expects to gain $10 billion or more from auctioning spectrum that broadcasters will relinquish once they stop sending analog signals.

After Feb. 17, 2009 all TV broadcasts are to be in digital, a format that promises higher picture definition, more programming streams and efficient use of scarce spectrum.

Actually, on second thought, you needn’t worry about it. The government has helpfully set aside $1 billion to subsidize the purchase of converters for people who don’t have the necessary equipment.



  1. Hey, that’s one of the best ways the government could spend $1 billion. The last thing we need is thousands of people with time on their hands, who suddenly have no teevee. It’ll make the Mohammed Cartoon Riots look like a Manhattan tea party.

    Comment by Toly — February 9, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Hmm, am I the only one who thinks this is a huge waste of money? I mean, let’s be honest…we’ve already got a perfectly good analog system in place for those who aren’t willing to spend the extra dough to get better tv. Its equivalent to converting all phone lines to CatV during the mid-80s. (yeah, you didn’t see that happen…wonder why). Its just another way to force people to change their services or be left behind. Getting rather tired of these last-ditch attempts at saving the economy. 🙂

    Comment by Andrew P. — February 10, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

  3. Hmm, am I the only one who thinks this is a huge waste of money?

    In theory, it will save them about $10 billion by freeing up those broadcasting channels.

    Comment by laura — February 11, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

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