The digital deadline is two short years away (unless Public Citizen has their way
) and there are still large, looming questions about the digital converter boxes that million of Americans are going to need. Broadcasting & Cable has dug up the information that we all kind of assumed, they are not going to be free but rather around $40 bucks. To be honest, that seems a little high considering the US government has appropriated $1.5 billion dollars to help defray the cost of the units but yet they still going to cost that much? Radio Shack was selling an HDMI ATSC tuner
over a year and a half ago for $89 so you would think that manufacturers would be able to build a set-top tuner for quite a bit less and in turn, only cost the consumer $10-$15. But then again, some of that $1.5 billion must be going to the storing and distributing of the boxes but $40 bucks still seems a little high. Only time will tell but one thing is for sure, if a manufacturer can make a buck of the US government, you can guarantee they will.