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Old 09-20-2005, 11:32 PM   #31  
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I am new to all of this, just having purchased a Toshiba 52HM95. When do all stations have to begin broadcasting in HD? Or don't they have a date ? Just an inquiring mind
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:11 PM   #32  
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There is no requirement the content be HDTV, it just has to be digital - any of the 18 modes will do.

Better than 98% of all stations broadcast digitally, now.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:01 PM   #33  
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a measure ordering the switch to higher-quality digital broadcasts be finished by the end of 2008, setting up a clash with the Senate.

The House panel approved 33-17 a bill that would require television stations to end their analog broadcasts on December 31, 2008 so some of those airwaves can be used by emergency responders and the rest can be sold for wireless services.

The Republican-backed measure offers up to $990 million to subsidize converter boxes that would switch digital broadcasts back into analog so existing television sets would continue to work.

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Old 11-04-2005, 10:09 PM   #34  
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Legislation to end the transition to digital TV on April 7, 2009, has cleared the U.S. Senate as part of a large budget package on a vote of 52-to-47. Also on Thursday, the House Budget Committee on a 21-to-17 vote approved legislation setting the transition date for Dec. 31, 2008.
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Legislation to end the transition to digital TV on April 7, 2009, has cleared the U.S. Senate as part of a large budget package on a vote of 52-to-47. Also on Thursday, the House Budget Committee on a 21-to-17 vote approved legislation setting the transition date for Dec. 31, 2008.
Neither vote is final since there are differences that must be resolved before both the House and the Senate pass a common bill which then has to be signed by the President before it can become law.

BTW, the House Budget Committee cannot pass legislation. It can only make recommendations to the House. The "bill" that they voted on must now be submitted to the 435-member House, where it can be voted on "as is" or amended before being voted on.
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #36  
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Neither vote is final since there are differences that must be resolved before both the House and the Senate pass a common bill which then has to be signed by the President before it can become law.

BTW, the House Budget Committee cannot pass legislation. It can only make recommendations to the House. The "bill" that they voted on must now be submitted to the 435-member House, where it can be voted on "as is" or amended before being voted on.
Congrats to our friend from up north! You get an "A" in American Social Studies.

Nice going, 'eh ?
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Congrats to our friend from up north! You get an "A" in American Social Studies.

Nice going, 'eh ?
If people would desist from posting their misinformed conclusions as fact, then the civics lessons would not be necessary. While it is clear that a bill mandating a cutoff date will probably get passed in the near future, it is still a work in progress that could undergo significant changes before being finalized. Calling it a done deal is premature, misinformed and misleading.

If people wish to speculate, fine. But, don't label speculation as a fait accompli.
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:02 PM   #38  
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The broadcasters are dragging their feet because they do not want to give up their analog bandwidth but yet still gain the digital bandwidth.

The article outlining requirements for built in tuners sounds like it came straight out of a three stooges program.

If all these people are so poor they can not afford a converter box for US$50, why the heck do you mandate built in tuners for all tv 13" and up????????? They outline requirments for 35" and up, as well.

And since when was tv an american right? I must have missed that history class. It sounds more like a need for propoganda and who else has a need for that besides government?

And while you people got me started, how about if we start fighting for the bandwidth we pay for. Video compression has gotten so bad on SD TV signals via Satellite and Cable, I wonder why so many people do not care or seem to notice. How about some minimum bandwidth requirements placed on content providers so that we can get what we thought we paid for.
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Yep, definately a Canuck... he said "fait accompli", eh?
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Yep, definately a Canuck... he said "fait accompli", eh?
Correct, but your reasoning is definitely, faulty.

"fait accompli" is actually a common english expression (using french words, of course) used in most Commonwealth countries. It can be found in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) along with hundreds of others of french inspired expressions that are considered to be proper english. So I could be a Brit or a Seffrican, but I'm not.

Why so much french in the english language? The language of the court of England was french from the time of William the Conqueror to that of Henry V. (Henry switched it to english because he was at war with France at the time). I used the expression in my post to avoid using "done deal" more than once.

By the way, I never say "eh?" (except when explaining that I don't say it. ).

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By the way, I never say "eh?" (except when explaining that I don't say it. ).

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Sorry, hope that wasn't offensive when I started that. It was out of ignorance if nothing else. When I saw Pointe-Claire, QC listed as your location I assumed you were Canadian, and there was a very popular song 20+ years ago that seemed to associate the word "eh?" with Canada. So I apologize if I offended you in any way; that was not my intention.

We Americans, despite having one of the most diverse arrays of original nationalities anywhere in the world, seem to trail the rest of the planet in world culture and international etiquette.

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Sorry, hope that wasn't offensive when I started that. It was out of ignorance if nothing else. When I saw Pointe-Claire, QC listed as your location I assumed you were Canadian, and there was a very popular song 20+ years ago that seemed to associate the word "eh?" with Canada. So I apologize if I offended you in any way; that was not my intention.

We Americans, despite having one of the most diverse arrays of original nationalities anywhere in the world, seem to trail the rest of the planet in world culture and international etiquette.

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No offense taken.

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Didn't mean to be offensive, BrianO... just joking...

The use of 'eh' at the end of questions by Canadians is so ingrained, most don't even realize they do it... similar to the usage of y'hear in the southern U.S. or hoor (hear) in Dutch...
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Didn't mean to be offensive, BrianO... just joking...

The use of 'eh' at the end of questions by Canadians is so ingrained, most don't even realize they do it... similar to the usage of y'hear in the southern U.S. or hoor (hear) in Dutch...
No offense taken.

As far as "eh?" is concerned I haven't used it in over 50 years because I received most of my pre-university education in South Africa and England where many Canadianisms disappeared from my speech. I didn't reacquire them when I returned to Canada in the early 1960's, a fact that people in England, the US and South Africa have commented on during my travels in the last quarter century.

Having said that, I nevertheless agree with your observations that people in general don't notice the idiosyncrasies in their speech. But other peole do.

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