DTV Transition Officially Delayed to June 12; Some Stations to Switch Early
February 12, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
President Obama signed a bill yesterday delaying the digital television (DTV) transition to June 12, 2009. The transition was originally scheduled to take place next week.
The delay will allow people with over-the-air analog TVs more time to obtain the converter boxes necessary to receive a digital signal, and more time to apply for government-issued coupons to get a $40 discount on the converter boxes.
The bill also gives local television stations the option to make the transition earlier than June 12, and hundreds of stations plan to switch to a digital signal on Tuesday, February 17. Other stations that requested to switch early were denied by the FCC, in order to make sure all television markets have at least one remaining analog channel until the official transition date. All full-power stations in the United States will switch to a digital signal no later than June 12, 2009.