Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Hold on to your rabbit ears, your about to be paid to switch to digital TV.
Are you in one of the estimated 45 million households who watch TV using Rabbit Ears? No Cable, Satellite or Digital feeds coming into your home? Our government just might pay you to hook up to digital signals.
"Since the industry isn't going to do it, the government has been forced to take action," said Gerry Kaufhold, a principal analyst at research firm In-Stat/MDR.
The bill highlights a congressional conundrum. On one hand, lawmakers are loath to turn off analog signals all at once, which would render an estimated 45 million analog TV sets -- those not hooked up to a cable or satellite service or to a digital-to-analog converter box -- utterly useless. And they are reluctant to spend money on any program that smacks of corporate favoritism.