No, they haven't delayed anything; you just got ahead of the facts. They tried to encourage stations with transmitters out of the core to give up their channels, but that was a non-starter. Nobody that I've talked to in broadcasting in the last two years thinks that the deadline will be extended. My customer would like that to happen, at least for 6 months, so he can buy up some cheap unneeded transmitters on Ebay. You, I believe, are confusing the unenforceable deadline (85%) with the first true deadline, in otherwords, a hard one. So, you think your emails will delay the transition? That's some what self-aggrandizing, even after the fact. And, which side are you on? It seems to me that your positions are internally inconsistent. Are you unhappy that you didn't come up with that $1,000 in time and are now trying to keep others from using their sandbox? No Bob, you are deluded; all the congresscritters care about is spending the money. Note again my comment on the budget. John Willkie -----Mensaje original----- De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En nombre de Bob Miller Enviado el: Friday, November 16, 2007 1:28 PM Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Asunto: [opendtv] Re: Community Broadcaster's Association wants converter boxes to handle analog, too! Your right, there will not be time. The January auction will not be done till August when final payment by winning bidders will be due. September to February will not be enough time to delay this thing. Google looks to be in big time as of today. Other media companies as well and a bit of inside stuff says that AT&T is going to be there as well planning on "broadcasting". Remember that in 2000 when this auction was supposed to take place the predictions were for a take of $100 Billion. UK and Germany came in just before the US auction was canceled at $35 and $45 Billion which prompted the $100 Billion US estimate. Now pundits are talking of $15 Billion sans 54, 55 and 59 but I would be surprised at anything less than $50 Billion. Inflation since 2000 would make the UK's $35 Billion $44 Billion and Germany's $45 Billion $55 Billion and a possible US $100 Billion $120 Billion. Subtract 54, 55 and 59 and the "NEW RULES" proposed by Google for the "C" block and you still have $75 Billion. $50 Billion should be conservative. Why do I think they might delay the end of analog broadcasting again? Because they can, have done so a number of times in the recent past, three or four times including 2000 on this spectrum alone, and because any number of things could happen that could give them an excuse. For example someone on the "Hill" could read one of the many emails I have sent to them all and realize that the whole transition is headed for disaster and decide to stop it on a dime and revisit the whole thing. That could happen right? Bob Miller ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.