Sunday, June 14, 2009

800,000 Phone Digital TV Hotline: A Lesson For You

Digital TV has been in the works since 1995. It has been postponed numerous times, and had numerous changes designed to help people catch up with the technology.

Even FOURTEEN years later, 800,000 people were caught flat footed or had problems.

Fourteen years people have been told via print, radio, and television ads, "Hey, you won't be able to watch the idiot box unless you do such and such." The ads have been on billboards and buses, benches and bills. 800,000 people still didn't get it.

The big day, Friday June 12, finally arrives. 800,000 people go "Doh!" like Homer Simpson when they flip on the boob tube.

Why is this important?

The US Federal Government has spent years, and millions of dollars trying to get people to pay attention to a change that was coming. This wasn't an earthquake, flood, or hurricane. It wasn't an accident.

This was planned.

People still did not pay attention.

If 800,000 people ignored repeated warnings, advisories, television ads, and even the offer of FREE equipment, how many more are out there who aren't taking care of preparing themselves and their families for an unplanned event?

These people were inconvenienced by not being able to watch Dope-rah and Doctor Pill. What do you think it will be like when the lights don't come on, the water stops flowing, and the elevators stop working?


Anonymous said...

Yep, good indication. Maamaa!!!

HermitJim said...

Scary way to put it, but very true. These will be the first knocking on the door wanting to borroe some food!

Stephanie in AR said...

My complaint is we got the digital box extra early & the digital antenna to go with & still cannot get a station. Not that we are missing our one station terribly bad BUT even the prepared get caught sometimes.