Analog shut-off postponed to June 12

Analog shut-off postponed to June 12

Forget everything you’ve heard about the digital switch over! (Well, not everything.)

The US Senate approved a bill yesterday that postponed the shut-off deadline to June 12 instead of the current deadline of February 17. While it still has to pass in the House, we can now expect more commercials and print ads to continue for another four months.

Congress had allocated $1.34 billion for digital converter vouchers and many of them have not been redeemed (who wants to bet they all went to curious parties not intending on using them?). More vouchers will not be issued, but expired vouchers can be replaced for new ones.

FCC logoWhile Congress seems well intentioned, electronics manufacturers aren’t too happy about the delay. The February 12, 2009 deadline was set years ago and much of the burden of upgrading customers was carried by the manufacturers. Panasonic said, “no matter what date you set, there are going to be people who are not ready.”

The date has changed, but the technical aspects haven’t. If you have cable or satellite you won’t be affected.

For more information on the digital switchover see our previous articles:
The Digital Switchover
Does your TV support digital broadcasts?
Free digital TV converter boxes

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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