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25% Of TV Stations Stay With Digital Plans

Display of Digital TV Converter Boxes at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. Congress is giving consumers four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting but many stations still plan to cut off analog on the original date, less than two weeks away. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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More than a quarter of major U.S. TV stations intend to shut down their analog broadcasts on Feb. 17, sticking to the original date despite the wish of the Obama administration that they delay until June.

Congress last week gave TV stations until June 12 to shut down analog broadcasts, hoping to give viewers more time to prepare. Money has run out for the federal fund that subsidizes converter boxes, and there's a wait list for the coupons.

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that 491 of the 1,796 full-power TV stations in the country say they intend to keep the Feb. 17 date. The FCC has reserved the right to deny individual stations an early shutdown.