Powell Calls for Clear Timeline in Digital TV Transition
Speaking at CES, the FCC chairman says consumers and the industry need to know when TV broadcasts will cut the analog cord.LAS VEGASIn televisions transition to digital, theres a missing link: a firm date for when broadcasters must completely switch from analog to digital broadcasts. That link needs to be found this year in order to end uncertainty in the TV market about when digital will fully arrive, said Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during a talk Thursday at the International Consumer Electronics Show here.
Current federal law requires a transition to digital broadcasts by the end of 2006, but only if 85 percent of homes can view digital programming. The laws caveats make the date uncertain because there are no metrics for determining what counts as a home with digital access, Powell said.