Digital TV transition delayed

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By James Roberts

Congress has delayed the switch from analog to digital TV signals.

Originally set for Feb. 17, the transition will now take place on June 12. The delay, lawmakers say, will give the estimated 6.5 million who aren't ready for the switch more time to prepare.

The delay also gives the federal government a chance to add more funding for the converter box coupon program.

Digital TV, also known as DTV, enables broadcasters to offer better picture and sound quality as well as interactive capabilities.

Only those who rely on antennas to receive free over-the-air television broadcasts on TVs having only analog tuners will need a digital-to-analog converter box. These boxes receive digital signals and convert them into analog format for display on analog TVs. The antenna will not have to be replaced.

The delay does not become law until signed by President Barack Obama, who had been lobbying for the delay.