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Congress delays DTV switch

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Americans will get another four more months to prepare for the digital television transition.

With just a few weeks to go before the original deadline would hit, the House voted Wednesday to delay the switch that would end analog TV transmissions. This postponement means households with old antenna TVs have until June 12 to buy a DTV converter box – and possibly get it at $40 off. If you're unsure whether the transition affects you, check out the Monitor's DTV survival guide.

Democrats are calling the 264-158 House vote a win, and saying the Obama administration now has until the summer to unsnarl this troubled digital roll out. Senators approved the delay unanimously last week, arguing that the government had not properly warned poor, rural, and minority communities.

"The passage of this bipartisan legislation means that millions of Americans will have the time they need to prepare for the conversion," the White House said in a statement. "We will continue to work with Congress to improve the information and assistance available to American consumers in advance of June 12, especially those in the most vulnerable communities."

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