The tech-geek in me was excited when I heard that the switch to digital TV would be voted on to be delayed. The push by Obama and company would have helped us out during our show this year in terms of frequency availability. House republicans successfully voted against the delay. .. Bummer.
See below for a direct copy of the Associated Press release.
House Defeats Bill to Delay Digital TV Transition
The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 28, 2009; 1:08 PM
WASHINGTON -- 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.