I thought the proposed delay of the flip to digital TV was a bad idea, but I really didn't think things could be made worse. Well - it seems I lack imagination. Wired reports:
The DTV Delay Bill pushes the date back to June 12, but also allows broadcasters to switch to digital unilaterally, creating the prospect of a patchwork roll out. That peculiarity -- and the notion that delay will do nothing to suddenly inspire a Nielsen-estimated 6 million households to do in the next four months what they haven't bothered to do for the past three years -- killed the bill last week.
So the companies that bid on the VHF spectrum are stuck for another few months, and the rest of the country gets random action. I love it when a plan fails to come together!