Digital TV transition may be delayed

Jan. 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The transition from analog to digital TV signals across the United States could be delayed by months under a new congressional proposal, an official says.

John Podesta, co-chairman of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, said Friday the incoming administration supports legislation to hold off the digital changeover from Feb. 17 to June 12, The Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., made the proposal Thursday and a vote could take place by next week.

The proposed delay comes as the federal government program to help U.S. residents deal with the switch to digital is running short of money.

The government has been providing $40 coupons that can be used to obtain converter boxes that allow older televisions to still receive free broadcast TV channels.

The Journal said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman has also introduced legislation that would alter the coupon program and push the transition date back to June 12.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Malia Obama spotted on the set of 'Girls' in New York City
Are Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez leaving 'The View'?
'Deadpool' with Ryan Reynolds to be 'hard R' film
Stephen Colbert hosts Michigan public-access show 'Only in Monroe'
Amy Winehouse's demos for her unfinished, third album have been destroyed