Radio & Television

U.S. analog shut off made official

WASHINGTON – U.S. president George Bush signed the bill that will see over-the-air analog TV shut off for good in that country on February 17, 2009. The bill includes US$1.5 billion in subsidies to buy set top boxes for those consumers who can't afford the transition so that their analog TV sets will continue to work. This is all part of the Deficit Reduction Act. As for the 60 MHz of to-be-free spectrum? Some of it is designated for use by emergency services while the rest will be auctioned off to wireless companies, a process that reports out of the...