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Analog ends next week for many U.S. stations

February 11, 2009|TIMES WIRE SERVICES

More than a quarter of major U.S. television stations intend to shut down their analog broadcasts Tuesday, sticking to the original date despite legislation backed by the Obama administration that would have let them delay until June.

Congress last week gave TV stations until June 12 to shut down analog broadcasts, hoping to give viewers more time to prepare.

The Federal Communications Commission said that 491 of the 1,796 full-power TV stations in the country intend to keep the original date. Two independent stations in the Los Angeles area, KVMD and KJLA, also plan to switch Tuesday.

Los Angeles' network-owned affiliates and leading PBS outlet will continue to broadcast in analog until the new deadline.

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