I still don't get why aforementioned Federal agency is setting itself up as the holy savior to this "problem" when selfsame .gov is the original CAUSE of it to begin with!
|Date:||May 27th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)|| |
I don't understand why TV is such a necessity the the government is paying for/subsidizing up to $80 per household for this.
The theory is that it's where people get important news like weather, etc. Still, $80 per household is a LOT of money, money that we're all paying for anyway through taxes.
So.....why not just make those who "can afford it" go out and spend their own $80, and those who can't can get a voucher, just like food stamps?
(note that I'm glad happypete is taking advantage of the benefit....I'm just not sure why the benefit is even offered. It's ridiculous.)
|Date:||May 27th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I don't understand why Pete still had an analog tv...
|Date:||May 27th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)|| |
well, there is just a bit of backstory. Aside from the joy of HD and the potential for multicasting, analogue TV is horridly in-efficent in its use of available bandwidth.
Now, where do we get bandwidth for all those nice advanced mobile services that some people want, yep you got it, but shuffling TV stations around and freeing up a large slice of spectrum.
Spectrum that was then auctioned off ( now, that's a different issue entirely) and will be used for neat new things. Some of which are also useful like public safety networks. The last number I saw for the outcome of the bandwidth auction was $17B or roughly 10x the predicted cost of the coupon program.
As to why the subsidy, part of it is pork and part is still the welfare state, but any way you slice it, the converters that are available for coupons (which are actually credit card analogues, not a paper voucher) are functionally identical and purposefully *DUMB*, I've read the spec (and dry reading it was) and if the box exceeds utter basic it's not paid for at the cell phone companies tab.
Please remember that Digital TV != High Def and all these boxes will receive is Standard Definition Digital TV (SDTV.)
Yes, I to have a coupon, and will wind up spending the $15 + coupon to get a converter box just for yucks, I have a TV with an ATSC tuner.
|Date:||May 28th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)|| |
so these converters only give you the SD "sub-channel?"
Well, $15-ish to keep the expensive TiVo box alive might be worth it.