Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ask That For You Chreesmus

If you've been looking for a good excuse to toss that old, cluncky TV of yours in order to replace it with one of those increasingly less expensive 46-inch flat, widescreen, wall-mountable-LCD HDTVs (I know I have), then you are in luck. Before too long, television broadcasters will be required to stop broadcasting analog signals. These will be replaced by 100% digital signals. Full article after the jump.

Full article at Engadget

Mark your calendar for February 17, 2009. That's the date set by Congress, as part of a sweeping budget-cutting bill, that broadcasters will be mandated to shut down their analog broadcasts (both the Senate and broadcasters had previously agreed to the date, so the bill now only awaits the President's signature to become law). However, if you can't bear to part with that old Philco or Admiral, you won't have to toss it. The government will be setting aside $1.5 billion in subsidies to help consumers get converters to allow older analog sets to receive digital broadcasts. And, no, you can't request a piece of that to pick up a 60-inch plasma, so don't even think about it.