US Digital Switchover to be Delayed

28 January 2009

WASHINGTON DC: The changeover to digital TV in the US will be delayed until June 12 after the Senate, the country's upper legislative chamber, passed a bill postponing the shutdown of the analog signal planned for February 17.

As previously reported, president Barack Obama has backed the delay, after the US Commerce Department ran out of $40 (€30; £28) coupons to help American viewers buy converter boxes, and was forced to set up a waiting list for applicants.

The House of Representatives is expected to follow the Senate's lead, and may also seek to extend the period in which people can recoup vouchers until the middle of September.

Verizon and AT&T, which own the majority of the analog airwave space being freed up by the transfer to digital broadcasting only, have announced that they back the short-term delay.

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