Congress has now decided to give people four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital TV broadcasting.
The House voted Wednesday to postpone the end of analog TV
signals until June 12. The move is meant to address concerns that
more than 6.5 million Americans with older TVs would not be ready
by Feb. 17, the originally mandated deadline.
The House took up the question last week but under a special
procedure that required more than a simple majority. This time it went through a normal vote.
The Senate passed the measure unanimously last week and the bill
now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama's
spokesman has said the president will sign it.
KBTX Media General Manager, Mike Wright, released this statement:
"The decision to postpone the transition deadline until June will not affect KBTX plans for conversion to a full-power digital facility. Our situation dictated we start the transition now. We will continue to work with all regional service agencies and concerned viewers to ensure they receive KBTX once this process is completed. We take our role seriously as the leading source of news and severe weather information and are dedicated to making this transition a smooth one. More detailed information will continue to be available through kbtx.com."