Digital Doldrums

Several media outlets are reporting the coupons issued to recompense the digital converters needed for TV’s transition to all digital, are expiring before people can redeem them.

According to an official at the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration told a congressional committee yesterday; they need more money to pay for the postage to send out the coupons.

But that is not all. Apparently the coupons are also expiring before people can redeem them because stores are unable to keep the converters in stock because of the tidal wave of consumers to get the converters.

If you need some context, DTV a branch of the Federal Communications Commission has this statement on their website:

On February 17, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality and additional channels.”


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