How will the economy affect the DTV transition

With every day passing by the gas price is up and the date for the DTV transition moving closer. With the economy in mind I wonder how the transition might be affected.  When the economy is up  we would not ask us this.  However, the pricetag a converterbox might be a great difference for consumers living on the margin. Concerns have been raised. Such as Best Buys CEO comment on the fact in January at CES 2008.

Also, part of comverterboxes are made of plastics, parts are being flown in or shipped from Asia to shelves or production facilities in the U.S.

Little has been reported about converterboxes in a economic perspective. Will prices increase and in that way surpass the NTIA coupons program and the worth of a coupon?

It would be interesting to learn more about the economic side of the transition for a consumer but with a broader perspective on the market, products and prices.

Will there be a choice for some to fill a tank with gas or buy a converterbox? I really hope not.

Anders Bjers

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