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Bill would establish digital TV deadline

Bill would establish digital TV deadline

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WASHINGTON - Legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday would require broadcasters to end analog TV transmissions by Feb. 17, 2009, and send their signals digitally.

House approval is expected, and President Bush praised the Senate vote.

The plan would allocate as much as $1.5 billion for a "converter-box" program to help people with older analog TV sets that would lose their signal in the digital era. Consumer advocates say that is not enough money.

The change will not affect those with sets capable of receiving digital signals or viewers with satellite or digital cable.

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