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Obama Looks to Push Back DTV Transition

Too many Americans still have analog TVs and don’t have DTV converters, according to the Obama team.


President-elect Barack Obama has asked Congress to consider pushing back the Feb. 17 DTV broadcast transition, because too many Americans aren't prepared for it. (Photo courtesy of New York Times.)
Tom LeBlanc · January 9, 2009

Barack Obama wants Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 DTV transition.

Too many Americans aren’t prepared, meaning they still have analog sets or they don’t have DTV conversion boxes, according to the president-elect.

That problem is compounded by the Commerce Department running out of money for coupons to subsidize DTV converter boxes, according to Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta.

Podesta’s comments came in a letter to lawmakers. He wrote: “With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed, I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively mandated analog cutoff date.”

Obama’s economic recovery package will include resources for helping consumers through the DTV transition, according to an Associated Press report.



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