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Yager: Let's Not Obsolete TVs in 21 Million Homes

Yager: Let's Not Obsolete TVs in 21 Million Homes
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While accelerating the DTV tuner integration is a good idea, Jim Yager, the CEO of Barrington Broadcasting, told members of the House Commerce Committee that disenfranchising some 21 million households that rely on over-the air TV reception is not so smart.
"Under the draft's hard date, viewers will either lose their television service or have to pay for converter boxes ... or even worse ... subscribe to pay TV ... all just to keep something they currently get for free," Yager said, testifying for NAB.
Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, has said the hard cut off date of Dec. 31, 2008 for TV stations to convert is pretty firm.
The draft legislation, sponsored by Barton and Fred Upton, R-Mich., is under discussion.

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