House defeats the Bill to delay DTV Transition

Just days after Neowin reported that the delay of the digital TV transition had passed the Senate; the House has shot down the measure.

House republicans successfully stopped the bill today which will make way for the transition to occur on February 17th. This is seen as a slight blow to the Obama administration who wanted to hold off on the transition until June.

It only makes sense to continue on with the original date. Pushing back the February deadline will only cause confusion for consumers. The biggest argument is that the coupon money has run out and that many may no longer be able to receive over the air TV for free.

It is estimated that as many as 6.5 million people may lose their signals on February 17th. It is quite a small figure compared to the 296.5 million Americans who are ready for the transition.

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Um...someone needs to update this. It's definitely postponed. Idk who thought the House denied it, but WCPO needs to go back to high school government class.

Obama tried to help lazy stupid helpless people which is impossible because you would have to send someone to their house to do it for them. Stop coddling lazy stupid helpless people. If they can't buy and hook up a DTV tuner or fill out a ballot it's too damn bad. They need to get off their lazy butts and find out how to do things for themselves! The wasteland of broadcast DTV is waiting for them!

The DTV boxes are free at some places now if you have the $40 coupon. The store I went to had hundreds of them. People need proper motivation to go out and get one regardless of whether they have the money or not.

Whats the fuss? Here you can get a freeview box for almost nothing, prob around £10-£15 now and the OAP's here practically get them free from the government here in the UK.

The U.S. is kinda' in an economic rut, plus those boxes cost money to make.

I'm sure taxes pay for those boxes in the UK?

Aahz said,
June = hurricane season. Not really the best time to be leaving people without a television signal.

Nah, not really, most of us here in hurricane land rely on radios more than TV, esp. when the power is totally out for 1-2 weeks and really esp. right before/after a hurricane.

solardog said,
tv is the last place you want to go for info...radio is much better.
I cant even pick up any local radio stations in my area so I would be in big trouble.

Then again, I live in SC and I have not seen a hurricane since Hugo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Hugo).

war said,
I cant even pick up any local radio stations in my area so I would be in big trouble.

Then again, I live in SC and I have not seen a hurricane since Hugo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Hugo).

If Katrina is anything to go by, then people don't listen to what they're told on the tv anyway.

roadwarrior said,
Uhhhh, you already have it available, Feb 17th is just when analog is going away (hopefully this bill doesn't get brought up again).

Some broadcasters are holding out for the last minute-- they won't offer any DTV service until they drop analogue.

I'm very happy about this.. there's no need to keep pushing it off and cause more confusion for everyone... just get it over with, advance technology and then deal with the BS after.

There's been more than enough time to get ready for this... the older folks should have family or others to help them out with this. The media have been pushing this like hell.

Come on, 2/17!

while iam not an american i totaly agree with this.

you have had years to get your self ready for the switch over or what ever its being called over there + vouchers were given to help with the cost.

What about the stations running dual setups? It's costly and making them do so for another 4 months is pointless. The people who receive analog signals are likely the ones who either don't pay for their cable or have basic...

Elessar said,
What about the stations running dual setups? It's costly and making them do so for another 4 months is pointless. The people who receive analog signals are likely the ones who either don't pay for their cable or have basic...


Nothing is forcing stations to keep their analog transmitter on the air. They could shut them down today if they wanted to. February 17th is the date analog transmitters MUST be shut down, there's nothing that says they have to say on until that date. If the date is postponed some stations might choose to shut down their analog transmitters anyway on Feb 17 because that's the date they've been telling everyone.

Here is a little post from the slashdot comments (Here)

Thomas says this is a rule suspension vote. It takes a 2/3 vote to suspend the rules and pass a bill. Usually this is reserved for bills that are not very controversial and have broad support.

This failure just means that the bill will have to go to the rules committee. After a rule is passed and the bill is brought up under that rule, a simple majority is all that is needed to pass the bill.

This is just a very small bump in the road to extend the deadline.

only bad thing about this is the once lucky people who had analog will be forced to see Nancy Pelosi's face in Digital.

good... seriously if you are not ready as of now... the extra few months is not going to help... they have had over a year to prep.

Flae_qui said,
good... seriously if you are not ready as of now... the extra few months is not going to help... they have had over a year to prep.
Indeed!

$n!pR said,
Good, hopefully Obama will stop with this nonsense.


Ummm... Barrack wanted to delay the change over. Yeah, Obama is afraid of change. Tisk Tisk.