The revolution will not be televised

It’s a little over a month before the big switch-over to digital TV and the federal program created to help consumers convert their older analog television sets to digital-capable boxes has run out of money.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had a budget of $1.34 billion from which to give $40 coupons to offset the cost of the converter boxes. Without the converter boxes anyone with an older TV not connected to a pay cable or satellite service will receive no signal beginning February 17th.

The government mandates a technology change that will render millions of televisions obsolete, and then doesn’t have the money to provide the promised coupons to consumers with outdated sets. So I guess if you either can’t afford cable, or just don’t want to pay for it, you’re screwed. Sorry, no TV for you.

There will be a waiting list for those who applied for coupons. Hopefully notifications will not be in the form of TV commercials.

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