We’re only six weeks before the big DTV switch, but thanks to President-elect Barack Obama, there may be a small delay. Barack Obama is asking Congress to consider a delay. John Podesta said the government funds to support the change are “woefully inadequate” and said that the digital switch date, Feb. 17, should be “reconsidered and extended.”
From The New York Times:
“Echoing concerns from consumer groups, Mr. Podesta said that the Obama transition staff has found major difficulties in the transition, which was authorized by Congress in 2005. On Feb. 17, stations are scheduled to cease their analog transmissions and broadcast only in digital form, requiring consumers without a digital-ready TV who rely on over-the-air signals to install converter boxes.”
So we’ll see, but February 17th is right around the corner.