ACA: Congress left some DTV issues off the table
Although Congress has imposed a new February 2009 "hard date" and a subsidy program for digital tuners to push forth the digital television transition, much more still needs to be done, the American Cable Association said.
The ACA, which believes a "comprehensive" bill should follow in 2006, said Congress did not hit on important DTV-related issues important to the ACA, including the effects of down-conversion of digital signals to analog on legacy sets and retransmission consent reform.
"A hard-date alone is not sufficient policy direction from Congress for the monumental transition to digital television," said ACA President & CEO Matt Polka, in a release. "As a result, I think this means a comprehensive DTV policy bill in 2006 is more likely and necessary because too many critical questions remain unanswered."
Pittsburgh-based ACA represents small- and mid-sized operators that serve more than 8 million subs.