Memo to all good Americans: Stop looking for work/pinching pennies/struggling to survive and upgrade your TV already! Why? Because President Obama says so! In a statement released today to we, the people (although we heard it via Reuters), our Commander-in-Chief reminded all good TV-watchers of the impending switch to digital television on June 12, and that we need to get ourselves one of those converter-box thingies if we want to keep watching our Wipeout!, So You Think You Can Dance?, and HGTV home-improvement shows this summer.
Previously on “Technology Hassling Us ‘09”: Congress passed a law that requires the nation’s TV stations to transition to digital signals. Or something like that. Anyway, TV stations were supposed to do this back in February, but only about a third of the stations could pull it off, because they were, like, lazy or something, and so consumers were given an extension on getting the proper technology. But President Obama says no more extensions: “I want to be clear: there will not be another delay. I urge everyone who is not yet prepared to act today, so you don’t lose important news and emergency information on June 12.”
So have you guys prepared properly for the digital shift? Or are you sweating the imminent collapse of your evening entertainment regimen?