Should There Be A Digital Delay?

We've been talking about the February 17th deadline for the conversion to digital television for years...but now that may be delayed.

We've been talking about the February 17th deadline for the conversion to digital television for years...but now that may be delayed.

The Senate voted to push the deadline until June 12th.  The House of Representatives is expected to do the same and President Obama is expected to sign the extension.

This raises several questions.  First of all, do you think the deadline should be extended?  For those who aren't ready, who's fault is it?  If the switch is made February 17th won't it force those who aren't ready to take action now or right after February 17th if they really want to watch TV?  If the deadline is extended what guarantee is there that those who aren't ready now will be ready then?

What do you think?  Should the switch take place as scheduled or be delayed?

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  • by John Location: New Bern on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    It doesn't matter how long they delay it, people STILL won't be ready in June so why not just go forward...good old Democrats...hmmmmm
  • by Pam Location: Blounts Creek, NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 02:09 AM
    Wonder why the government is so concerned about all of us having TV access? Did we get coupons to convert from cassettes to CD's, CD's to DVD's? Why do they offer coupons for TV conversion? TV is where most people get their 30 second education, values, morals and most information these days. Must be most important for the government and media to have continuous access to the "sheeple." Those that aren't ready now, won't be ready no matter how far you extend the deadline. We have created a society that waits expectantly for the government to meet their every need. In my opinion, every time it is reported that something is "free" and being paid for with tax dollars reporters should have to say that the service is paid for by hard-working, tax paying citizens.
  • by phil Location: G town on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:10 AM
    Our tax dollar shouldn't be buying boxes in the first place.The delay will only make thoese who pay for tv pay more. someones got to pay for their lost.AND YOU THOUGHT OUR LAST LEADERS WERE DUMB.
  • by C Allen Location: tick bite N.C. on Feb 1, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    switch it on Feb.17 those that are not ready will get ready
  • by Rita Location: G-Town on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    I think taht should wait before the switch, due to they ran out of the cards its alot of people who can't afford this. If the don't wait then they are being selfish
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    This is just another way the government gets our money and tells us it is for our own good. My rabbit ears work fine and if I want to watch other channels I'll get cable or satellite. We have other things that need to be addressed that carry far more weight than how I wathch television. Concentrate on that.
  • by OopsOnTheCards Location: NC on Jan 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM
    The Feds ran out of the cards long ago. I suppose there is not a plan to reinstitute it in the BO trillion dollar plan?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    Does it really matter? There are going to be people who are not prepared no matter when they do it. JUST FLIP THE SWITCH.
  • by Steven Location: Florida on Jan 28, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    People have had more than enough time to make the transition!! Extending the deadline will only let them procrastinate longer.
  • by Flip Flop on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    We've all had ample time, no delays are needed.
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