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    Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch


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    <div class="bbcode_quote_body">WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate passed a bill on Monday to delay the nationwide switch to digital TV signals, giving consumers nearly four more months to prepare.



    The transition date would move to June 12 from February 17 under the bill that was fueled by worries that viewers are not technically ready for the congressionally-mandated switch-over.



    It also would allow consumers with expired coupons, available from the government to offset the cost of a $40 converter box, to request new coupons. The government ran out of coupons earlier this month, and about 2.5 million Americans are on a waiting list for them.



    Senate Commerce Chairman John Rockefeller said delaying the TV switch is the right thing to do because the United States is not yet ready to make the transition.



    "The Senate acted responsibly to give the Obama administration time to attempt to bring order to a mismanaged process," the West Virginia Democrat said in a statement.



    Many lawmakers worry that an estimated 20 million mostly poor, elderly and rural households are not ready for the switch, which requires owners of older television sets receiving over-the-air signals to buy a converter box or subscribe to cable or satellite TV.</div>
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    Thanks allot. Now I have to wait until June until I can watch CW in HD. When June rolls around who wants to bet it will be delayed again. This Digital Switch over has been getting delayed for years.

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    <div class="bbcode_quote_body">The House of Representatives have defeated the bill to move the DTV switch until June, this means that the Digital Switchover will still happen on February 17th.</div>
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    CW HD is kinda lame. Gossip Girl is the only worthwhile show and the news and local hockey games (St. Louis market) are never actually in HD. Next Top Model used to be good but now it is the same crap over and over again.

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    <div class="bbcode_quote_body">CW HD is kinda lame. Gossip Girl is the only worthwhile show and the news and local hockey games (St. Louis market) are never actually in HD. Next Top Model used to be good but now it is the same crap over and over again.</div>
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    just because some of shows may not be your taste doesn't mean everyone sees it that way.

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    <div class="bbcode_quote_body">just because some of shows may not be your taste doesn't mean everyone sees it that way.</div>
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    I suppose this is true, but from what I have seen of privileged and One Tree Hill they don't have the quality acting/writing/production that Gossip Girl has. And I also can't believe 90210 is still on the air. But you are more than welcome to enjoy their shows. Afterall I am addicted to The Hills and The City and those two shows are the same manufactured drama every single week.

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    I actual Enjoy One Tree Hill(been watching the series Since Season 1). One Tree Hill changed a bit last season with the time skip(Season 1 - 4 was all about High School Years, Season 5 &amp; 6 was post High School with everyone having Careers of some sort. Most of the parents are no longer on the show atlease not as season regulars).



    Also Watch Smallville &amp; Supernatural. 90210 I really don't care about I know a few people who enjoy watching that show. CW is thinking of Bringing back Melrose Place. Seems they want to bring back all their old shows.



    Gossip Girl is well written it is coming from the Creator of Chuck and The O.C.

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    Oh dang, I guess I forgot about Smallville. Haven't really watched it but it seems like it has a solid cult following. Feels like it has been around for forever.

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    <div class="bbcode_quote_body">Like a zombie that just won't die, the DTV delay bill—which was voted down by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday—has sprung back to life, with a little help from the Senate.

    Reuters reports that a second bill—"essentially" a twin of the defeated House bill, which sought to push the Feb. 17 shutoff of analog TV signals back to June 12—won unanimous support from the Senate on Thursday, and may end up shambling its way back to the House next week.



    As with the original DTV delay bill, the new proposal—devised by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller and Republican counterpart Kay Bailey Hutchison—would give viewers four more months to prepare for the DTV transition, while allowing those TV stations that have already started dismantling their analog TV equipment to go all-digital before the new, June 12 deadline.



    And if the bill goes before the Democrat-controlled House under standard, simple-majority adoption rules—as opposed to the fast-tracking procedure used on Wednesday, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage (the original vote was 258-168, just shy of the two-thirds needed)—there's an excellent chance that the Feb. 17 DTV transition date will, in fact, be delayed.



    In case you were wondering, well … yes, the whole "DTV delay" thing has gotten pretty nuts, and if viewers weren't already confused about when the transition was going to occur, they are now.



    Yes, it's true that an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households still aren't ready for the DTV transition, which would render analog TVs with over-the-air antennas useless without a $40-$60 DTV converter box (more details here).



    And yes, there's no question that the government's $1.5 billion DTV converter-box coupon program—which allows for two $40 coupons per household—is a mess, with at least two million people on a waiting list after spending limits were reached a few weeks ago. (Money flows back into the program every week as unused coupons—which are good for 90 days—expire, and legislators have been proposing various ways to boost funding.)



    But we've been working on this DTV transition thing for more than 10 years, people. This oft-cited Nielsen poll, looked at from another perspective, shows that more than 94 percent of America is ready for the change. And the DTV coupon program wouldn't be in such dire straits had not so many applicants—who've had almost a year to apply for their coupons—waited until the last minute, or received their coupons but never bothered to use them.



    Moreover, once the wireless spectrum that's being used for analog TV is vacated, we'll be able to use it for new technologies like 4G wireless services (think ubiquitous wireless broadband, for everyone) as well as improved channels of emergency communication for local police and fire departments (which are all chomping at the bit to deploy their new systems).



    No, the DTV transition won't be easy, but surely we can find a better way to help the last 5.7 percent of U.S. households cross the digital TV gap without pushing back the deadline for everyone.</div>
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    Just let it go. DTV switch needs to happen now not later. If people are not ready it's their own dam fault.

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    Just let it go. DTV switch needs to happen now not later. If people are not ready it's their own dam fault.</div>
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    my thoughts also.

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    If you can't afford a $40 converter box you should probably not be sitting around watching TV anyway.

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