Many local TV stations to go ahead with DTV switch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 40 percent of the nation’s hundreds of TV stations will be broadcasting completely in digital signals next week, even after regulators delayed a mandatory nationwide switch to “DTV” by months.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said 681 of the nearly 1800 television broadcast stations will have already stopped broadcasting in older, analog signals, or will by next week.
The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to delay the mandatory change by four months – to June 12 from February 17. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.
But the delayed bill gave television stations, which say they’ve spent millions of dollars preparing and educating viewers of the switch-over, the option to transition to all digital on the original date, next Tuesday.
Backers of the delay feared that 20 million mostly poor, elderly or rural households were not prepared due to a shortage of government coupons meant to defray the cost of converter boxes.
With everything else going on why is Congress so concerned about people going without TV? Are they afraid of rioting in the streets if the screens go dark?
Most folks will probably buy a new TV or a converter box with or without coupon.
I don’t blame the TV stations for going ahead.