House Turns Down Digital TV Extension

The House has defeated a bill to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12.

House Republicans succeeded in scuttling a bill to delay the transition, which is scheduled for Feb. 17, less than two days after the Senate unanimously passed the plan.

The defeat is a setback for the Obama administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who fear too many Americans are not ready for the switchover.

The Nielsen Co. estimates more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals could see their TV sets go dark next month if the transition is not postponed.

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  • by Ronnie Location: ECU on Jan 30, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    The transition has been coming for more than a decade. A four month delay will not make those 6 million homes get the converter box. They will wait until they have nothing to watch and then get the box. Bring on the transition!
  • by anonymouse on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:17 PM
    I say, as far as the switch: CARRY ON WITH IT ON 2/17!!! I don't particularly care for the abolition of analog myself since digital signals won't travel as far, despite the "studio-fresh" picture/sound quality, etc.-but nonetheless these people have had a plethoras' worth of time to prepare for it. And though I'm glad Obama became Prez over McCain, I still don't think he needed to try to extend the deadline. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you have the "right" to free tv!! There are far more pressing issues that need fixin' NOW!! The economy and many other thingies are more urgent than whether or not some lazy tails won't have their little converter boxes in time. It would actually be better for most of these people to switch to cable anyway, though I know a few in really remote areas may not have that option. And you wouldn't need digital expanded cable just the "po-folk" version with the locals and maybe CNN, Disney, whatever. Just my half-penny worth lol
  • by Buzz Location: Mbx on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    Right-On! Maggie You are my new hero. I wants to be juss like you when I grows up..Buzz-
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    Don't extend it. If they extend it, there are still going to be people who are not going to be ready. We have had more than enough time to buy those converter boxes. Stick with the decision.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    Is maggie serious?
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Forget the ones not ready , you have had enough time.
  • by maggie on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    I aints got no money for a convector box so what I'm gone do? Peoples that voted should buys me one. I ain't got no job so if I loose tv I wont have nothing to do all day.they gives me food stamps so they can gives me a tv, way I see it!!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jan 29, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    I keep hearing the government this and the government that. When are you people going to understand that we are the government and quit being a bunch of sheep.
  • by Doxielover Location: Grifton on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Good! Bring the switch on! You all know that if it is extended until June that there will be people then that aren't ready either. Just do it!
  • by richard Location: bertie on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    the government has spent to much of our money advertising for us to not switch. Probably less than 5% of people dont have cable or a satellite regardless of economic situation. Stop playing games that cost us money.
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