Congress yielded to the advertising lobby in their decision to delay the Digital transition, because that is the only explanation that fits. The idea that Congress really cares about couch potatoes is laughable.
Here is a survey of the putative reasons given by the Democrats (and we know they always lie). These are so silly as to be completely transparent: "If almost 6 percent of the nation's households lose all TV service,I think most people would declare the digital TV transition to be a failure", Rick Boucher, D-Va., chairman of House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, said on the House floor Wednesday. Look, Rick, if 6% of the people in this country wake up without television, perhaps they will go out and get jobs! Then we will be down to only 1% unemployment!
"We are not ready for this transition," said U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, during the House debate. "We can fix these problems and minimize this catastrophe if we pass this legislation." This latter comment is so ridiculous it barely deserves a thrashing -- but Anna Eshoo a Dem from Palo Alto California -- remember the 7.0 earthquake we had in 1989? THAT was a catastrophe. A month without TV is a BLESSING. Please try and get it straight next time.
Those are the actual primary quotes from the first two articles on this subject I opened today. Further proof that the Press simply parrots the democratic message. If the press put the slightest litmus test to these statements they could just throw out that whole page of notes.
Note the real reason that we are delaying the transition is that the advertising revenues are tied to viewers, and if there are 6% fewer viewers, there are 6% less ad revenues. Simple math, really. By the way -- A new study concludes that viewers find TV more pleasurable when they watch commercials. Seriously, who funded that study? And who's relying on it?
Out of the first three articles that I read, the only congressional quote that made sense comes from a Republican: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said the delay would cost broadcasters in his state $500,000 to $1 million in electricity costs to continue running analog transmitters . . . nothing that advertisements are [still] touting the Feb. 17 date. "They're still being told this is what they should do," he said. "This is why people don't trust the government."
There are 1655 analog TV stations in the US. By the 17th of February, 200 (15%) will have switched to Digital. The law allows any analog station to switch to digital anytime before June. And 50-100 more stations say they will stop broadcasting analog on 17 Feb. That means about 20-25% of the analogue stations will be off the air on 17 Feb despite the heroic efforts of your congressman.
Oh by the way, they still have not re-funded the free converter box program yet, so there is still time for them to delay the transition again!