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Digital TV transition delayed

President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday that will delay the upcoming digital television (DTV) transition until June 12, 2009.

The delay will allow consumers more time to prepare for the transition.

The bipartisan legislation for the delay was authored by U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia).

"I thank President Obama for signing this bill," said Klobuchar. "For the sake of millions of Americans, we need to do a better job with this transition. This legislation ensures that consumers have time to adequately prepare for the transition to digital television, which is especially important for Minnesota consumers since more than 21 percent of our households depend exclusively on over-the-air broadcast TV."

Government funding for the DTV transition was offered in the form of coupons to help consumers purchase converter boxes but it ran out months before the transition was set to take place.

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