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Digital TV to Be Delayed

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You know that digital-TV transition scheduled for Feb. 17 that you were hearing about everywhere you turned but didn’t quite understand? Well, it looks like you’ll be getting another four months not to understand it.

The Senate is reportedly close to agreeing to push off the transition—aimed at putting broadcast TV on more efficient signals to free up spectrum for wireless services—until June 12, largely because a program to subsidize the required digital-converter boxes has run out of funds for coupons.

According to the Associated Press, more than 6.5 million households are unprepared for the switch and there’s a backlog of 2.6 million coupon requests. The big question is whether the remaining households would put off preparing until too late no matter when the transition happens. In any case, it looks like they’ll now have another four months.