DTV transition date is up in the air with the House voting again

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By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News

President Obama and the US Senate supported postponing the DTV transition to June 12th. But after being voted on by the House, the conversion was set to begin on its orginal date of February 17th. But just when you thought the DTV transition couldn't get any more confusing, it has. The House is scheduled to vote on the issue again this week.

Starting February 17th all broadcast television stations in the US will stop broadcasting in analog signals and switch to digital. According to the FCC, the digital switch will give stations improved sound and picture quality. More channels will also be available for viewing.

Supporters for postponing the switch said there are still 6.5 million Americans that are not ready for the transition. Many of which are in need of coupons to purchase converter boxes.

But a Best Buy Home Theater Representive said the date confusion isn't stopping their sales.

"If anything, I'd say it has been about a steady pace. We've had a little bit more people coming in to buy them. But it's been a last minute thing and people just want to grab it," said Aaron Adair

Adair said they ordered 500 boxes this week and have more shipments coming in. He said with the scheduled transition date set for February 17th, they are anticipating selling 700 more by then.

He said if you have cable or satellite you should contact your cable provider about your digital signal.

 

 

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