Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Seen and Unseen: Converter Boxes

If you've been watching Jeopardy lately, you may have noticed that Congress has mandated that all over-the-air broadcasting must be switched from analog to digital. This means those (mostly low-income) households who receive their broadcasts from an analog signal will now need a special converter box to continue to enjoy CSI after February 17. Congress has allocated $1.5 billion in funds for vouchers, to offset the cost of the box to households.

Well, it looks like Econ 101 has reared its gorgeous head: the vouchers are in short supply, and officials are worried that many households will be shut out of Must See TV.

Here's the full story, from the Washington Post.