House passes digital TV delay

The House of Representatives voted on February 4 to delay the turn-off deadline for traditional analog broadcast signals to June...

The House of Representatives voted on February 4 to delay the turn-off deadline for traditional analog broadcast signals to June 12, following Senate approval of the action last week. President Barack Obama has indicated support for a delay.

The action follows the House’s failure to pass a delay bill with a two-thirds majority last week. This time it needed only a simple majority to do so. Obama is expected to sign the bill.

However, the new transition date is not so simple. Broadcasters have until June 12 to drop their analog signals, but they can do so before then if they choose to, according to The Washington Post. The outlet also reported that 143 broadcasters have already terminated their analog signals, and 60 more will do so before February 17.

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