For Hundreds of Stations, DTV Shift in Effect
Now that Feb. 17 has come and gone, 421 U.S. stations have turned off their analog signals and gone digital, bringing the total in the U.S. to more than 600. According to the New York Times, which cited FCC figures, more than a third of U.S. stations have now switched.
Feb. 17 was the scheduled analog shutoff date from 2005 until last month, when Congress delayed the date until June 12. But hundreds of stations elected to save money and confusion and switch right away. For more information about which stations in your area have switched, visit www.dtv.gov
Meanwhile, the backlog of 4 million consumers who are yet to receive their coupons is expected to begin easing soon, now that funding has been approved for the coupon program. Commerce Department officials told the Wall Street Journal that the backlog will begin easing in about three weeks.