What digital TV delay means to North Olympic Peninsula viewers

Peninsula Daily News

SEATTLE STATIONS KOMO-TV, KIRO-7 and KING-5 will continue over-the-air analog broadcasting until June, said the president and CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters, based in Olympia.

"Every one of the network stations will be continuing their analog broadcasting until June 12," Mark Allen said on Thursday.

Several broadcasters throughout the nation had said that they intended to hold to a Feb. 17 deadline to switch to digital broadcasting despite a Congressional vote to delay the change.

KIRO-7 said on its Web site early Thursday that it -- along with "most Seattle TV stations" -- would make the switch on the originally scheduled date of Feb. 17.

That had changed, Allen said later in the day.

"This has all evolved since about 10 a.m. this morning," he said.

Other stations that will continue analog broadcasting until June include, Allen said, KCTS-9, KONG-TV, KCPQ-TV, KMYQ-TV, KUNS-TV, KSTW-TV, and KBTC Public Television.

The House approved the bill on Wednesday, a week after the Senate did the same. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the legislation.

Congress granted the four-month reprieve to give consumers more time to prepare, and to allow the federal government to retool its converter-box subsidy program, which had run out of money, and issue coupons to the millions of people on a waiting list.

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Last modified: February 07. 2009 4:45AM
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