DTV

House to vote again on DTV delay

Roy Mark, EWeek

With a little more than two weeks left before the Feb. 17 deadline for television stations to make the switch to digital broadcasting, U.S. House Democrats are scrambling to pass legislation pushing the deadline to June 12. After an unsuccessful effort to fast-track a DTV delay bill the week of Jan. 26, the House expects to give it another try Feb. 4.

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Copps: FCC has had no coherent plan for DTV

Grant Gross, PC Magazine

The U.S. will have significant problems switching from analog to digital television if the transition goes forward as scheduled on Feb. 17, the recently appointed acting chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday.

The FCC has had no "coherent and coordinated plan" to transition the nation from analog to digital television during the past two years, Michael Copps said during a speech before the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee. Copps, a Democrat appointed acting chairman last week by U.S. President Barack Obama, ripped into digital-television transition efforts under his predecessor, Republican Kevin Martin.

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Senate passes DTV delay, again--now it's back to the House

JoAnne Allen, Reuters

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed another bill on Thursday to delay the national transition to digital television.

Efforts to move the transition date to June 12 from Feb. 17 are fueled by worries an estimated 20 million mostly poor, elderly and rural households are not technically ready for the congressionally mandated switch.

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House delays digital TV delay, but stay tuned

Jim Puzzanghera, LA Times

Dire reports are out today declaring the death of attempts by the new government to delay next month's nationwide switch to digital TV. The House failed to pass a bill that would postpone the switch from Feb. 17 to June 12.

The Washington Post calls that "a setback for the Obama administration", as does the Associated Press, which says the bill was defeated.

But don't read too much into the move. Supporters of the delay still expect it to pass as soon as next week.

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Hoyer: House DTV vote expected Wednesday, likely followed by 2nd Senate vote

Mike Reynolds, Multichannel News

According to a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), a vote to delay the DTV transition date probably will not come until Wednesday. And then it will likely have to go back to the Senate for a re-vote on some small changes, according to a Hill source.

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DTV transition likely to be delayed to June 12

Reclaim the Media

One day after the Senate voted unanimously to delay the digital TV transition date until June 12, House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Henry Waxman has signalled that the House is likely to follow suit as early as today. Waxman's statement: "I am pleased that the Senate has acted to delay the deadline, which is our only hope of mitigating the negative impact on millions of consumers. In light of the Senate action, I will work with the House Democratic Leadership to bring up the Senate bill for consideration Tuesday."

The delay will probably pave the way for replenished funds for the NTIA's troubled DTV converter box coupon program. The waiting list for coupons now stands at over 3 million, and consumers are reporting long delays between ordering and receiving the coupons. The government may also provide additional funding for education and outreach related to the switch to digital TV.

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Senate votes to delay DTV switch until June

Reuters

The Senate passed a bill on Monday to delay the nationwide switch to digital TV signals, giving consumers nearly four more months to prepare.

The transition date would move to June 12 from February 17 under the bill that was fueled by worries that viewers are not technically ready for the congressionally-mandated switch-over.

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Copps Priorities at FCC: DTV, DTV and DTV

TV Technology

Interim FCC Chairman Michael Copps made clear Monday he plans action-—and not just a caretaker role-—as the commission awaits the expected nomination and Senate confirmation of Obama nominee Julius Genachowski as chairman. In an address to FCC staff Monday afternoon, Copps said there’s no reason to wait on some key moves forward for the commission.

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Senate Appropriations Committee proposes $90M for more DTV education

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

Additional money for the DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program would come out of the $8.75 billion broadband stimulus portion of the Obama administration's economic recovery package and would include $90 million for more DTV education. That is according to a copy of the Senate Appropriations proposal for how to divvy up that money.

According to the proposal, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration would oversee the $650 million, with $90 million of that available for education and outreach, including helping viewers with setting up converter boxes.

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Senate nearing deal to delay digital TV transition

Joelle Tessler, AP

The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — setting the stage for a vote early next week.

Senate Republicans last week blocked Democratic efforts to push back the Feb. 17 deadline for the analog shutoff. The Democrats cited mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready.

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