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Old 03-30-2008, 09:44 PM
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Like bringing in $19 billion. Anyone know where that money's going?
The spectrum auction revenues are mostly going straight into the general Federal budget.


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Google, Verizon, AT&T, etc were bidding on that space. There will no doubt be new wireless services being offered by them in the next few years.
Google appears to only bidding to get the price up to a figure predetermined by Congress that forces the auction winners to make the spectrum available to other users. Google didn't win any of the auctions.

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Me too. The market should have driven this decision, not Congress.

It's not the government who wanted this - it's the content producers, who happen to have a lot of influence on the government.
You really think the government didn't want this new revenue source? The content people are learning that DRM is a barrier to sales. I wouldn't get too worried about it.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Cost $40 + sales tax $3.40 - $40 Rebate = $3.40. ..
Where are they being sold for $40? Every price I've seen is at least $50 and usually $60 and up. It is called gouging.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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I'm probably the last person on earth who doesn't have cable or satellite TV. I can get ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and a couple of local stations with my little antenna. I've had free TV all these years, I really don't want to pay for a box to watch TV (which is mostly commercials). Even with the coupon, the box will still cost me money (maybe about 30 dollars).
You'll need a digital converter or a digital ready TV, but you'll still be able to pick up digital broadcasts with your antenna. And your picture quality will be better than folks with cable TV or satellite TV, since it won't be compressed.

Check out the article and comments at Cable: Comcast Degrades HD Quality To Make Room For More Channels (http://consumerist.com/374090/comcast-degrades-hd-quality-to-make-room-for-more-channels - broken link)
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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You'll need a digital converter or a digital ready TV, but you'll still be able to pick up digital broadcasts with your antenna. And your picture quality will be better than folks with cable TV or satellite TV, since it won't be compressed.

Check out the article and comments at Cable: Comcast Degrades HD Quality To Make Room For More Channels (http://consumerist.com/374090/comcast-degrades-hd-quality-to-make-room-for-more-channels - broken link)
Or, you won't get anything at all. That is what I'm afraid of since I live some distance from any transmitter. The digital pictures are either very good or not there at all.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Or, you won't get anything at all. That is what I'm afraid of since I live some distance from any transmitter. The digital pictures are either very good or not there at all.
If they're very good... you obviously get them...
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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If they're very good... you obviously get them...
Right, but those at a distance from towers (like myself) who barely get any signal anyway will be left in the dark. Doesn't matter to me as I'm a DISH subscriber, but not all of my neighbors are. They will likely be SOL.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:42 AM
 
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Where are they being sold for $40? Every price I've seen is at least $50 and usually $60 and up. It is called gouging.
Texas HEB grocery stores.....
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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If they're very good... you obviously get them...
Some channels I get very poor pictures but the sound comes in, so I'm not at all sure those would come in with the digital. I didn't want to invest in a dish because for the amount of TV I watch, it didn't seem like a very good return on the high cost.

From what I've read, if the signal doesn't come in clean at a certain percentage that is higher than the grainy, ghosty images you can get with analog, then you get nothing at all.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:23 AM
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Where are they being sold for $40? Every price I've seen is at least $50 and usually $60 and up. It is called gouging.
They are not being sold that cheap yet.

I read an article yesterday which said that one of the satellite TV companies is working on a model of DTV tuner that will sell for $40. Speculation is that when that model reaches stores this summer that other companies will lower the prices on their competing models.

The article recommends waiting until that new model is released to request your $40 coupon, since it will be more than 3 months before this new model reaches store shelves.

Advice: You Might Want to Wait on that DTV Converter Voucher
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:52 AM
 
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Yeah, digital will only work if you get X%, after that... it just drops entirely.

I believe the digital signal tends to be a stronger signal than analog though. At least, thats what my mind is telling me.
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