Remember the mandatory digital TV conversion?

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    Millions face blank screens in TV switch
    June 12 move to digital signals is expected to cause 'significant disruptions'
    NYT: Millions of households will lose television reception next week when 1,000 broadcasters complete their conversion to digital programming, officials say.
    The government has spent more than $2 billion to ease the transition to digital television, and in the last few months has cut in half the number of households that are unprepared for the final conversion on June 12. But the latest survey by the Nielsen Company indicates that as of the end of May, more than 10 percent of the 114 million households that have television sets are either completely or partly unprepared.
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    Leave it to the government to totally fuck up a partially fucked up plan.
     
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    Ya cause it just isn't the fault of the people not making sure they are ready.
     
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    Well there is that Sarge, but I have to wonder whose wisdom decided it was necessary in the first place. Have an old lady across the street from me who has been doing quite nicely without cables all this time.
     
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    The funny thing is that people still haven't noticed what this really is, a government endorsement of specific corporations through legislation which would have failed on the open market had they not taken billions of tax dollars and funneled it into the companies that should have been making all the TV sets capable of receiving the signal type for the last ten years to begin with. I don't know, but that just doesn't sound right.
     
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    Ohhhh.... I absolutely noticed....


     
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    Okay, it should read "so many people" ... didn't mean everyone. :razz:
     
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    Much better.... I don't like fixin' other people's posts for them.... :razz:
     
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    The government never heard of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.'

    The majority of people who this effects are old folks who have no idea it will happen or what to do when it does.

    Nice going BO, way to fuck over seniors.
     
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    Obama had nothing to do with this.

    Now if you want to address whether we should have done this or not, that is another issue. I see no possible compelling reason for this change. And yes it is the Government meddling in the market.
     
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    Which is the second biggest reason I am so against it. The first, they are handing taxes we paid to only a couple corporations because of it.
     

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