Surprise: Your TV may go dead next month, after all
Posted by James McPherson on January 28, 2009
Perhaps I (and many others) spoke too soon. CNN now reports that despite an earlier unanimous Senate vote, the House of Representatives did not get the votes necessary (2/3 approval was needed because of the “emergency” nature of the bill) to approve delaying the switch to digital television until June 12. Odd–it’s usually the House that goes off half-cocked.
The House may take up the issue again, after members think more about it, but as I wrote yesterday, some heavy hitters oppose the delay. Regardless, if the switch isn’t postponed until June, expect lots of screaming from viewers on Feb. 17. Of course, you may or may not be able to watch the complaints on your own television.
Next day update: Broadcasting & Cable reports that a compromise bill is in the works. A new vote is likely next week.
Feb. 4 update: Congress approved the extension today.