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DIGITAL RANT

February 4, 2009 2 comments

Hi. I’m Rick. I watch TV, and on occasion, I read the newspaper, or browse about on the intarwubs. I’ve been noticing something. On occasion, on network, broadcast television, they’ve been playing these “advertisments” or “public service announcements.” Surely you’ve seen them.

They say, essentially, that if you get network TV over the air (that is, not through cable or satellite), then you need to get a converter box for your current TV, or buy a TV with a digital tuner. You’ve had to have seen them.

Now, here’s the astonishing thing. Congress just finished passing an extension of the digital switchover date from February 17th to June 12th.

WHY?

The whole goddamned world knows that you can get a $40-off coupon to purchase a $50-$60 dollar converter box! And if you have cable, satellite, or a TV purchased in the last two years, you don’t even need one!

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE TO ACCOMODATE THE 6 MILLION PEOPLE (they think) THAT ARE SO FUCKING LAZY THAT THEY PUT OFF BUYING A $20 BOX TO WATCH THEIR TV? IT’S BEEN COMING FOR YEARS! IF YOU DON’T GET SIGNAL ON THE 17TH, FUCK YOU. YOU DON’T MATTER. YOU’RE WASTING CONGRESS’ TIME AND TAXPAYER MONEY.

Update: I have included this. Says pretty much everything I said, except with less ranty-ness. Also, the 6 million figure is apparently households, not population. So the number affected is slightly higher. If, again, those numbers are to be believed.

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