ONLY IN AMERICA

It was supposed to happen today!

The nation’s switch to all-digital broadcasts has been more than a decade in the making. The federal government has spent nearly $2 billion to help people prepare. Broadcasters spent another $1.2 billion to run warning ads and millions more to upgrade equipment. Until last week, the United States seemed ready to follow the half-dozen European countries that have made the switch.  (Washington Post)

But the bureaucracy reared its ugly head, as lovingly detailed by the Washington Post

Now, we have to keep yakking about it until the new date, June 12.  And it’s through no fault of your own.  As we reported, Connecticut was the most “DTV ready” state in the nation.  Only one percent of viewers here still have to get converters.

Undoubtedly, that’s because of the very effective public service announcement Denise D’Ascenzo, Keith Kountz, Brent Hardin and I recorded last year. 

Maybe we should have taken our act on the road.  “The Fabulous Double-D and The Anchorboys.”

A partial set list: 

  • Come See About DTV  
  • All You Need Is DTV  
  • Born in the DTV  
  • (I Can’t Get No) DTV
  • Mercy Mercy Me (The DTV)

Perhaps Olivia Newton-John could open for us (“Let’s Get Digital”),  and couldn’t you see us at Fenway performing “Sweet DTV?”   So good, so good, so good.

Any requests?

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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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7 Responses to ONLY IN AMERICA

  1. Linda says:

    MSNBC has an article on their website about this saying that hundreds of stations across the country switched to digital anyway today. Since Connecticut was the most DTV ready, can’t the state make the switch?

  2. Gerry says:

    NBC told the ten stations it owns (including NBC30) to keep the analog signal until June. The owners of 3, 8, and 61 followed suit.
    On the other hand, the Rhode Island stations are going digital now.

  3. Graham says:

    Just another example of our government trying to run our lives! Maybe the people who did not buy converter boxes just don’t care about watching t.v.(sorry Gerry). Or they are going to watch on-line. But if they forever threaten to do something and not follow through, then like children, we’ll never listen.
    I know one out of state station converted to Digital and then later in the day switched back.
    What’s wrong with this picture? (no pun intended) (well, maybe it was).

  4. Peter N says:

    You took my response away with Sweet Caroline, Neil. Nice to meet you, though. Just kidding, Jere.

  5. Peter N says:

    About the conversion date, doesn’t the vast majority of viewers in any part of our great state have either cable or Sat TV? I would love to be enlightened.

  6. Geoff Gidman says:

    Why the nonsense over “switching” to digital on a certain date? I bought a digital tuner 3 years ago! Digital TV has been on the air for quite a while and anyone watching off the air could “switch” any time and get a better picture and more channels. It’s really a cut-off date for analog, not a start up date for digital. My problem is I can’t find a converter for my bedroom TV that has a “wake up timer” so I can still wake up to Channel 30 news like I do now.

  7. Dan McCarthy says:

    If those figures are true, then I’ll bet I’ve spoken to each and every remaining person without a converter box -because every day I get to tell 10 to 15 people that we’re out of stock on them.

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