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Here's another quick update about what our government is doing about the looming deadline for analog TV. Looks like the The House Energy and Commerce Committee has now decided that the switch to digital TV will not be in April of 2009 as previously mentioned, but in December 2008 instead. And instead of the $3 billion dollars allocuted by Democrats to subsidize the switch for consumers, it will now be $990 million. I'd like to see how the Republicans do once half the country's TVs go black on January 1, 2009, I'll tell you that much. Forget abortion, this'll really get Americans riled up.

So, as of now, looks like the House and the Senate will have to fight this out in a conference of lawmakers from both chambers. Let the games begin.


All TV digital by end of 2008: panel [Reuters]