NEWS: Senate 'OK's 4-month Delay to Digital TV Turnover

NEWS: Senate 'OK's 4-month Delay to Digital TV Turnover

Taryn Williford
Jan 27, 2009

So after all the "Are you ready for the switch to digital TV?" commercials, advertisements and blog posts—hey, we're guilty, too!—it looks like there might not be a rush to run out and digital-ready your home set by February 17. The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 — setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.

Yahoo! reports that Monday's Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay worried that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently scheduled transition.

But President Barack Obama called for the transition date to be postponed after the Commerce Department hit a $1.34 billion funding limit for the handout government coupons that give consumers a discount on digital-to-analog converter boxes.

The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals.

Are you still rocking bunny ears at home? How about your folks? Were you all set for the digital transition, or is this 4-month deadline shift going to help you or your family out a bit?

[ Image from SarahDeer@Flickr ]

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