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Obama Team Urges Delay in Digital TV Transition

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama is urging
Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital
television broadcasting.
In a letter to key lawmakers, transition team co-chair John
Podesta warned Thursday that too many Americans who rely on analog
TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcasts won't be ready.
The incoming administration is pushing for a delay in part
because the Commerce Department has run out of money for the
coupons that subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers.
People who don't have cable or satellite TV or a new TV with a
digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog
TVs working.
Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not
giving consumers enough help with the TV transition.


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