TVs Obsolete in Two Years!

By | January 25, 2007

I think this is a bit crazy, and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before. Actually I didn’t believe it when I first heard it but apparently it’s true. Congress passed a law just under a year ago requiring all TV broadcasters to switch to broadcasting digitally (and cease broadcasting analog) by 2/17/09. When this happens, probably 99% of existing TVs won’t work anymore, at least without buying a converter (and that assumes the TV has an antenna or other input; most small, portable TVs don’t). So if a person wants to continue watching TV, they’re going to have to purchase new equipment. This seems like a scheme to me. I can imagine that manufacturers lobbied to get this passed, as a way to pressure people into buying new equipment, driving up manufacturers sales. Things like this tic me off. Go here for more info.

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  • marcia

    This is really messed up. The only reason they can justify it in a federal way is the freeing up of airwaves. I guess I can understand that but wow – who cares how easy it makes the life of broadcasting networks?!?! I just hope that the price of this new technology will be a little cheaper than what they currently are or people will just start watching TV on the internet.