DTV Primer

Chris Llana, Editor



Senate Draft Picks April 7, 2009 for Analog Shutdown

October 15, 2005

A 5-page Senate draft "Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005" would set April 7, 2005 as the last day that broadcasters could use free spectrum for analog TV transmissions. No word yet why they picked that particular day, although a number of members of Congress had expressed hesitation at cutting off analog TV in the middle of the holiday TV season (Rose Bowl parades, Superbowls, and all of that).

And no word on the chances of that date actually being enacted into law. The Senate Commerce Committee will mark up the bill this Wednesday, and some very powerful Senators (John McCain for one) are not going to be at all happy about that late analog cut-off date.

No word either on what the House is going to do.

Should be a good show, at the very least.