The House voted yesterday to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals to June 12, giving consumers four additional months to get ready for the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The original date for the switch was to take place on February 17, which was set by Congress three years ago. The Senate passed the bill last week, and it now goes to President Obama for signing. According to the Associated Press, “The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals still are not ready.” Subscribers to cable or satellite TV or those who have a newer television set will not be affected. The delay will also allow the government more time to put additional funds into the voucher program that provides coupons for consumers to purchase a converter box. As they say on TV, stay tuned.
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