Congress postpones DTV transition to June


If you don’t yet have your digital converter box, your TV won’t go black on Feb. 17.

The House voted 264-158 Wednesday to delay the switch from analog to digital television transmission until June 12. The Senate has already passed the bill, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign it shortly.

The bill was delayed to provide time for more seniors and low-income people to acquire coupons to buy digital converter boxes, necessary for analog televisions to pick up signals with without cable.

The Federal Communications Commissions has pushed hard to let people know of the impending transition, including its much-maligned sponsorship of a NASCAR driver last season. You can read our post about that marketing attempt here.


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