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Digital TV poised for delay

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress appears poised to postpone the transition to all-digital TV until June.

Analysts say more than 6.5 million households are not ready for the Feb. 17 deadline for broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.

The Obama administration is seeking a delay to give the government more time to fix a subsidy program that has run out of money for coupons that help consumers pay for digital converter boxes for older TVs.

Senate Democrats have reached a deal with skeptical Republicans on a bill to push the digital transition to June 12. A vote could come early next week. The House is likely to move quickly after that.

But critics warn a delay could confuse TV viewers and could be expensive for broadcasters. Also, they say it could burden public safety agencies and wireless companies waiting for the additional airwaves.

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