DTV, blah blah

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Maybe it's because I don't watch broadcast TV at all, but I just can't wrap my head around all the angst about the DTV drop dead date. According to Nielsen (via NYT), there are 6.5 million households who can't receive digital TV. Presumably I'm one of them. That said, if I wanted a digital tuner (or converter or whatever), I'd go buy one. For what fraction of people who actually watch broadast TV and don't have a converter or digital tuner already is $40 a real hardship?

To give you a sense of perspective, if every single one of those households got two coupons for a $40 converter, that would represent $520 million, less than .1% of the proposed stimulus package. I guess nobody wants to be known as the Senator who took away the people's bread and circuses...

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