October 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of television stations are turning off their analog broadcasts this week, even though the date for the changeover to all-digital signals has been pushed back to June.
Feb. 17 was to have been the day when analog broadcasts went away and viewers who lack cable or satellite would have to go digital. But when funding ran out for coupons to subsidize TV converter boxes, Congress became concerned that viewers wouldn't be ready and the deadline was delayed for 4 months.
At the same time, lawmakers left the door open to stations to keep the Feb. 17 date. More than 600 stations still plan to switch off analog this week.
No one really knows how many viewers will be affected. Station owners contacted by The Associated Press say they're confident viewers are ready, despite the confusion.
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