MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of television stations across the country, including here in Madison, will turn off their analog broadcast today, despite a vote by Congress earlier this month to delay the official transition to all-digital until June.
February 17 was chosen years ago as the day when analog went away for viewers without cable or satellite service. But when funding ran out for coupons to cut costs on converter boxes, Congress became concerned viewers wouldn't be ready.
They voted to push the deadline back four months, but did allow stations to go forward with the February 17 date if they chose. More than 600 stations plan to shut down their analog signals this week.