DTV Primer

Chris Llana, Editor



President Signs DTV Bill

February 9, 2006

The President yesterday signed the digital TV transition bill, turning it into the law of the land, as it were. The country will officially turn off the analog TV spigot on February 17, 2009. (That is, unless they postpone the date again because the American public still is not being told they need to stop buying analog TVs. Oh, well.)

In an entirely unrelated matter, the FCC has reversed itself and come out in favor of a la carte channel pricing (i.e. consumers pay only for the cable channels that they actually want to watch -- what a novel idea!).

Apparently the cable industry-funded study the FCC relied on last time around was seriously flawed. In any case, the FCC's new report was released today and I will give you my take on it as soon as I have been able to digest its new-found wisdom.