Pending Red Letter Day: Feb 17, 2009

My birthday! Oh, and the day that analog TV channels go dark – for the moment: Transition to Digital Gets Closer

As part of the transition, the legislation would provide each household with up to two coupons worth $40 each for converter boxes to attach to analog television sets so they are not obsolete once broadcasters surrender their analog licenses on Feb. 17, 2009, as the new law would require. Not coincidentally, the date was selected to fall two weeks after the Super Bowl and a month before the widely watched National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.

[…] “This is the government making your TV go black and then only paying part of the costs for some of the people to make it work again, and none of the costs for others,” said Gene Kimmelman, public policy director at Consumers Union.

An estimated 70 million to 80 million television sets now in use are analog and are not attached to cable or satellite services, though experts say that by the completion of the transition, consumers will be using many more digital sets and fewer analog ones.

But mine still won’t be connected to cable!