Drew Clark writes: "While rival industry groups praised House passage of a firm deadline for the nation's transition to digital television broadcasts, the dropping of another digital TV-related provision from the budget reconciliation measure might spark further debate. ¶ At issue is the absence from the final bill of a section that would have authorized the cable industry to "down-convert" high-definition digital signals into standard-definition analog signals. ¶ The lack of such a provision might jeopardize the vast majority of cable TV customers -- exposing them to the possibility that their televisions will also go dark after Feb. 17, 2009, the day set by the reconciliation bill for broadcasters to relinquish use of the analog spectrum. ¶ That, in turn, might rachet up the pressure on Congress to consider a follow-on digital television bill in the near future. ..." Link: National Journal.
See also these earlier related stories. --Dennis