This is what analog TVs will look like on 12 June 2009 without digital converter boxes.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives followed the lead of the U.S. Senate today and voted to extend the deadline for broadcasters to stop airing analog TV signals. The Obama Administration pushed for the bill and is expected to sign it.
Until the passage of this bill, on 17 February 2009 broadcasters were required by law to turn off their analog broadcast. This bill moves that date until 12 June.
This victory is hollow on many levels.
First, it's not the broadcast industry that was pushing for an extension. Many (most?) do not want to have to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals because of the cost involved.
Second, this is a deadline, not a "switch today" date. According to FCC Chair Michael Cox, "143 broadcasters have already terminated their analog signals and another 60 stations plan to do so before Feb. 17."
Third, the bill does not address the issue of expired rebate coupons (if yours expired before you used it, you are out of luck).
Finally, the bill does not address the need for additional funds for the rebate program. That's expected to come in the "stimulus" bill.