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msnbc.com news services
updated 7 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - People who have not gotten their TV sets ready for the changeover to digital signals could earn a four-month reprieve under a bill making its way through Congress.
The Senate voted Monday to delay until June 12 the deadline for the changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. People still getting their pictures through old-fashioned antennas otherwise would face a Feb. 17 cutoff.
Comparable legislation is being readied in the House, and the Obama administration has called for a delay amid mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready.
Originally posted by wolf241e
I just came across this..
The Obama administration has sought the delay because the government program to provide coupons for converter boxes needs more money.
reply to post by wolf241e
I wonder if there is a more political motivation behind this delay??
Originally posted by denynothing
True that is very true. By law though they can't switch over if the opportunity to everyone to be in digital isn't possible, which includes the coupons. Once the coupons come back then the transition can come back. I would be very mad at the company or program that under made the coupons if I was a broadcaster.