WASHINGTON — President Obama made the digital TV delay official Wednesday, signing legislation to put off the switch until June 12, the White House said.
He and Congress hope to give millions of unprepared viewers four more months to upgrade their equipment so they don't lose over-the-air programming.
Although the major TV stations in Los Angeles won't turn off their analog signals until the new deadline, the law allows stations to apply to switch on the original date -- at the end of the day Tuesday -- or any time before June 12.
More than a quarter of the nation's 1,749 full-power stations have applied for permission to turn off their analog signals on the original date. They include Fox, CBS and ABC affiliates in San Diego; NBC, ABC, CBS and Telemundo affiliates in Santa Barbara; and KJLA and KHIZ, independent stations in Los Angeles.