Not necessary really. Even the poorest of the poor people are having debit cards shoved down their throats, so that a) nobody can stockpile cash, and b) so that all purchases can be watched. And...current generations of military GPS satellites are working on spy photography down to the centimeter range--high enough resolution to pick out individuals and spot faces, from high orbit. So if people can't spend money or leave the house without being watched as it is, why bother with the modified TV capacity? It's so much overkill really. I think in this case it is pretty much exactly what it looks like: DTV is nothing more than a money grab. Cellphone companies grabbed the airwaves through their lobbyists, and everyone else--TV manufacturers, Cable TV companies, networks and Dish providers--saw an opportunity to get "bailed out" at public expense. It's greed and extortion of a public trust (our damned airwaves), nothing more. Isn't that sad enough? Poll: both, in fits and starts. Who needs TV when you watch 1-2 hours *a week* like I do, and can get the fix on high-speed internet (which is something I use daily anyway? I use email and the Web daily, TV can pass....)?