Analogue TV transmission extended
The U.S. House of Representatives approved by unanimous consent legislation Dec. 10 authorizing the nation’s broadcasters to continue analogue broadcast of essential information for 30 days following the Feb. 17, 2009, DTV transition.
The Short-term Analogue Flash and Emergency Readiness (SAFER) Act (S. 3663) will allow broadcasters to transmit analogue signals informing viewers with an on-screen slide of the DTV transition in English and Spanish and a phone number to call to learn how to receive DTV transmissions. It also will permit broadcasters to transmit on their analogue channels the same emergency weather and public safety information broadcast on their digital channels.
Source: Broadcast Engineering
Item added: 22nd December 2008