Broadcasters accept new deadline for digital TV signals

By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

In a boost to the nation’s transition to digital TV, broadcasters told Congress Wednesday they would agree to give up their analog channels and start broadcasting only in digital by 2009.

Bipartisan support has been building for a Jan. 1, 2009, deadline in the House and Senate. But broadcasters had resisted the cutoff. They fear that many consumers with analog TV sets who get only broadcast channels via antenna would see their screens go dark.

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