I Want my HDTV …

"Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it.

You play the guitar on that MTV.

That ain't workin' that's the way you do it.

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free."

Quick, name the song and the band responsible for the above lyrics. Like many of you, I miss the eighties. Life seemed so simple then. As long as the cable box worked and MTV was just a click of the switch away, all the troubles in the world seemed to fade into obscurity. But now, life is more complex. And that cable box is not coming from a domestic manufacturer anymore, which means it might not be there when you need a new one.

Courtesy of Spend Matters reader Tim Fairchild, who lives in North Carolina, I learned about a recent supply shortage of HDTV converter boxes. According to this article that Tim forwarded to me, "An estimated 300 cable customers in the Triangle have HDTV sets, but can’t watch high-definition programming. For the second year in a row, Time Warner Cable has run out of converter boxes because of high holiday demand." All I can say to that is: I want my, I want my, I want my HDTV ...

Jason Busch

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