Congress votes to delay DTV transition - KTTC will switch on February 17th - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Congress votes to delay DTV transition - KTTC will switch on February 17th

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

KTTC-TV has given notice to the FCC that it will switch to DTV as planned in the afternoon of February 17. 

Visit www.kttc.com/dtv for more information on the switch to DTV.  There, you can watch stories on how to buy and hook up a converter box, find out how to preform a "rescan" after the switch and even ask a KTTC engineer a question.

Also watch KTTC news at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 for more on how local television stations will respond to today's vote in the House and what it means to you.

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