Television: Newsmakers Jan. 10, 2009




Michigan Association of Broadcasters offers updates on DTV transition

As of January 6, 2,038,940 converter box coupons have been requested in Michigan. 871,810 coupons have been redeemed in the state, a 42.75% redemption rate.

DTV Town Hall Meeting to Feature FCC Commissioner: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael Copps along with Congressman John Conyers (D-15th) will be on hand at a Town Hall meeting to be held at Wayne County Community College's downtown campus at 1001 W. Fort St on Monday January 12th at 11:00 AM.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and local television stations will co-host the event. The meeting is free to the public and will include a demonstration on how to hook up a converter box. Local television engineers will be available to answer individual questions pertaining to their stations.

The purpose of the Town Hall meeting is to help Metro area citizens learn important information about preparedness for the digital transition.

This is your chance to ask questions of the very people who are in charge of the digital transition. Don't miss this opportunity. Click here for a map.

For more information on the DTV Town Hall Meeting or to ask questions about the digital transition, call the Michigan DTV Helpline, sponsored by Don-Lors Electronics at 888-643-8809.



Broadcasting & Cable:

The waiting list for converter box coupons continues to grow, and the prospects for clearing out the backlog without swift congressional action appear slim to none. According to the latest figures from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, there are more than 1.35 million requests for DTV-to-analog converter-box coupons on its waiting list, with hundreds of thousands more coming in every day. NTIA began the waiting list last Sunday, when it hit its $1.34 billion ceiling on funding for the program, which issues $40 coupons toward the purchase of DTV-to-analog converter boxes that allow viewers of over-the-air analog TV signals to continue to receive a picture after those signals go digital on Feb. 17--or not, depending on current efforts to delay that date. According to NTIA spokesman Todd Sedmak, 325,000 people on that list have been sent their coupons, which happens after a new batch of coupons expires and the money is freed up... Waiting List For DTV Coupons Continues To Grow (Fri, 1/9)



Detroit Free Press:

We're now just over a month out from the big transition to all digital TV broadcasts. If President-elect Barack Obama can't persuade Congress to delay the Feb. 17 start date, as many as 100,000 Detroit-area consumers may find themselves unable to watch television on their old sets. Obama asked Congress on Thursday to postpone the analog-to-digital shift, arguing that too many Americans still aren't ready for it. Congress set the date, so it would have to pass a new law to delay it. Delay or not, it's hard to conceive that people haven't received the message yet, what with nonstop TV announcements, weekly tests that show whether your television is ready for the DTV transition and more than a year of news reports and announcements... Digital TV move may leave many in dark (Sat, 1/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Miller, 84, knew better than to bother with the coupon. With the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasts looming, the Lowell man took his son's advice and upgraded to a digital-ready TV and a 50-channel cable package. "Sons have a way of seeing that the old people get what they need," Miller said Friday while relaxing at the Lowell Senior Center. "I'm not really sharp on this stuff." He is not alone, and the government may act to make sure everyone is prepared. President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels will not be ready... Lawmakers consider delaying digital TV transition after coupons for converter boxes run out (Sat, 1/10)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

With AT&T's cable-television service now available in the area, an expert suggests consumers do their homework before choosing service providers. "Consumers have to become much more educated and really make a careful choice," said Johannes Bauer, a professor of telecommunications, information studies and media at Michigan State University... Cable competition means consumers must look at all their options (Sat, 1/10)







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