Comments on: Digital TV transition looms, CEA goes on free trade tour Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: K-Man Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:13:46 +0000 Digital TV conversion is a pain in the butt. Initially when the federal govt. announced that they would be assisting in the transition, they said there would be a rebate coupon program to help pay for the converter boxes analog-TV owners would need to purchase to make the switch.

They said that these coupons would be automatically mailed to every American without having to sign up or do any footwork of any sort.

Now they are saying that there is a “limited number” of the rebate coupons available (thereby forcing a LARGE number of people to pay full price for one of the converter boxes), and that you have to REQUEST that the coupons be sent to your address. That’s a complete 180 degree turn from what was initially planned.

What a botched attempt by Congress. They totally screwed this thing up already. Way to go morons!

By: Jason Oxman Tue, 19 Aug 2008 18:47:38 +0000 Thank you Jeremy for commenting on two major initiatives of CEA: the digital transition and free trade. We have worked to get to this point on DTV for over 15 years and have joined with other industries on our goal of ensuring that all Americans know their options before the transition date. Our free trade campaign is focused on the long term and reflects our long term concern that free trade’s benefits are not well understood by many Americans. Our association represents over 2200 consumer electronics companies and we are capable of working on a range of initiatives at any time – including producing the nation’s largest event – the International CES.