Yes, your eyes are deceiving you, LG's not licensed the StarTAC design. Phew. That telescopic antenna doesn't just harp back to ye olden days though, it also receives a digital TV signal, one of the first US DTV devices.
Out of the 300 million Americans in the United states, 3.5 million are still not ready for the DTV switch come June 12. Is that 3.5 million people or households? Either way, 3.5 million is quite a lot, considering my non-english speaking nanny is already all over her digital converter. Get with it, people. [Switched]
A UK for-profit firm called The Gadget Helpline surveyed 5,000 people to ferret out the industry's most confusing tech jargon. Luckily, they found most of the top 10 confusing terms are antiquated or proprietary:
Spanish-speaking viewers are finding the DTV transition to be particularly difficult because their favorite stations have either switched to digital or are too low power to be viewed outside of analog.
House Republicans have defeated the bill to extend the DTV switch by a vote of 258-168 (less than two-thirds). In their view, a delay would confuse customers and financially burden television stations.
More on the proposed delay of the digital TV switchover: Obama's transition team co-chair sent a letter to Congress supporting WV Sen. Jay Rockefeller's proposal to push the transition to June 12. This is dumb.
Just last week, President-elect Obama asked Congress to stop the analog TV shut down, due to funding issues and confusion. At CES yesterday, FCC chief Kevin Martin was having none of that at all.
President-elect Barack Obama has asked Congress to stop the shut down on analog TV broadcasts, due on February 17. The main two reasons: "Inadequate funding" and problems with the converter box program. But there's more.
As expected, the DTV coupon program has gone broke—blowing through their $1.34 billion budget well short of the February 17th transition date.
Somehow I doubt that many Gizmodo readers are concerned about getting a DTV converter before the February 2009 cutoff date-but then again, I've been surprised before. If you or someone you know falls into this category, Sound & Vision has taken the liberty of pitting the top three DTV converter boxes against one…