Thursday, January 5, 2006
Don’t Be Quite So Scared of This
Your old TV set may well go dark in 2009, and believe it or not, that’s a good thing.
That’s because, at the end of last year Congress approved legislation that set a date for the switch from analog to digital television — February 17, 2009.
Something to remember, many of those TVs will not be immediately obsolete. I have no facts and figures to convey, but my suspicion is that a very high percentage of that 70 million number are TVs attached to digital satellite and/or cable boxes. Those boxes will convert the mandated digital broadcasts down to your analog TV far longer than the government’s digital deadline.
Chalk this up to another prime example of the news media loving to hype a fact that isn’t entirely truthful. Scare tactics. Now, admittedly, I believe it’s a Good Thing™ that we’re finally going to get off of analog television, but don’t let the media scare you into thinking you’ll immediately have to dump your analog television when the switch occurs.
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