Tag Results for analog shutdown (7)

  1. DTV Transition: Date Uncertain

    The analog shutdown â''date certainâ'' of 17 February is now date uncertain. Earlier this week the Senate passed a bill to delay the transition to 12 June; meanwhile, the House voted against a similar bill under special rules that required a two-thirds majority to pass. The House bill is likely to come up again next week under different voting rules. The case for 12 June: more of the coupons that subsidize digital converters have been requested than are available, evidence that analog TV viewers need more time …

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  2. Will A Delayed Analog TV Shutdown Fix the Transition? Not Likely.

    The analog TV shutdown, at this writing, is still scheduled for 17 February; a proposal in Congress, supported by now-President Obama, would push that to 12 June. Would that solve any problems? For me personally, here in Palo Alto, Calif., yes; construction crews will be moving digital antennas around at the Sutro Tower broadcast site into the summer, a February shutdown is likely to leave me getting most my news and entertainment from the Internet until then. For the nation as a whole, not likely. The reason for …

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  3. The Digital TV Transition and the Environment

    For consumers watching over-the-air television on an analog set, converting to digital will have at least some environmental impact. Adding a converter box means extending the life of an older television; that means not consuming resources to produce and ship a new television, and not putting a toxic-laden box into the waste or, hopefully, recycling stream. But adding a converter box isnâ''t a slam dunk for the environment; old cathode ray tube televisions consume vastly more power than new flat-screen models, and the converter box is a …

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  4. CES 2009: Analog TV Shutdown: Get on with it already!

    This week date certainâ''17 February 2009â''for the shutdown of analog television broadcasts in the U.S. became date uncertain. President-Elect Barack Obama suggested that, with government funds to subsidize digital conversion running out, the planned shut-off of analog television be delayed. Senate staffers are busy drafting competing bills, one to postpone the date, one to confirm that shutdown go forward as scheduled. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where several panel sessions today addressed the digital television transition, the sentiment, overwhelmingly, was â''get on with it …

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  5. Results of the San Francisco analog shutdown test

    On Tuesday evening at 6:15 pm, 18 San Francisco broadcast stations briefly replaced their standard analog television programming with a notice informing viewers that their television sets are not ready for Februaryâ''s digital television transition. Stations promoted a variety of numbers to call for help, including three manned call centers, an automated number, and the national FCC help line. Besides acting as a wake-up call for consumers who have, so far, ignored the upcoming analog shut-down, the test gave call centers and television stations an idea …

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  6. This is just a test: San Francisco TV stations shutdown analog broadcasts tonight

    Broadcasters around the country arenâ''t just relying on public service announcements to warn viewers about the upcoming analog shutdown. Theyâ''re not stupid, they know that the vast amount of TV-viewers ignore advertisements, and even the analog TV viewers that that are watching donâ''t realize that the ad warning them that some TV viewers may have to take action to prepare for the February 17th analog shutdown is talking about them. Sometimes, you have to really shake people to get them to pay attention. And tonight, San …

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