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The end of analog televisionTwo years ago when I was invited to speak at the National Association of Broadcasters convention’s Career Day, I was able to sit in on some seminars by big time players in the broadcasting world. The primary focus of the conference that year was in building awareness with the American public about the coming transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The government was set to issue $40 vouchers for every household towards the cost of the new digital set top converter that would replace the old analog antenna that we have seen in so many John Hughes films.

The campaign for awareness of this fundamental transition did alright, but penetration hasn’t been nearly as high as some would have hoped and so recently there was a move to delay the transition for an additional four months to prepare the American public.

Well the news today from Associated Press is as follows:

January 29, 2009 – WASHINGTON – Bucking the Obama administration, House Republicans on Wednesday defeated a bill to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 – leaving an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households unprepared for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 switchover.

But the battle over a delay may not be over, with some predicting the House will take up the measure again next week.

Read the rest of the story here:

House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition

So unless you have your business in order, say goodbye to grabbing Conan on Late Night with that old RCA, because the analog airwaves as you have known them to be since you were born are going bye bye.

As an aside – this will not be implemented in Canada until 2011. But it IS coming so be prepared. That is, if anyone still watches TV broadcasts anywhere but online in 2011.


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Comments ( 2 )

  • Jill says:

    “That is, if anyone still watches TV broadcasts anywhere but online in 2011.”

    About two years ago I was living in Ontario (not Toronto), and I decided to give up cable TV for the first time in years. I watched all of my favorite movies/shows online, and I didn’t feel like I was missing out – except for local news. I still had my TV, and I had to break out my oldschool rabbit ears to pick up the broadcast signal of my city’s local news station every night for the 11 pm news.

    Now, if you’re living in a major city in Ontario (like Toronto), you would have no problem finding local news in both text and video formats online; however, smaller cities still suffer from a lack of a localized online presence. If I didn’t have access to that TV signal back then I would’ve felt lost.

    I’m not sure what my point is, but I could definitely see myself relying on traditional TV in the future.

  • singswithlove says:

    this is happening already? I guess it HAS been talked about for a while now, but I just put it off for so long. I myself rarely watch regular TV. I get most of my entertainment via the internet and XBOX these days. And I’m fine with that.

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