|500 Broadcasters Request Early Shutoff of Analog Programming|
|Home Theater News Industry-Trade News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2009|
This comes on the heels of a bill passing through both the House and the Senate that pushed back the analog cutoff date from February 17th to June 12th. Many Americans, an estimated 5 million according to Neilson, are unprepared for the switch. They do not have the converter boxes or other necessary equipment to receive digital signals, and their service would be interrupted if these broadcasters suddenly discontinued their analog programming.
The effects would be felt the most by elderly, low-income and Hispanic individuals, and those living in smaller market areas. Many of the broadcasters requesting to end their analog programming early have been preparing for months to hit the original February 17th deadline.