[LINK] US going digital TV in 2009

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Sun Mar 4 11:07:54 AEDT 2007

On Sun, Mar 04, 2007 at 10:10:58AM +1100, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At least in the US they are talking about some type of subsidies for 
> individuals when the analogue turns off. John Howard, are you listening? 
> Helen?

SD set-top boxes cost $60 retail these days. that means they cost at
most $40 or $45 wholesale. and probably about $15 to make in china and
ship to australia.

instead of subsidies or compensation, it would be cheaper for the govt.
to just bulk-buy them and give them to anyone who wanted one (say one
per household). the postage costs would probably be more than the box

if anyone wants better than a basic SD set-top box (e.g. a recorder),
they can and should pay for it themselves.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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