Despite an assumption by many that the DTV switchover bill recently passed
by the US Senate was a done-deal, Republican opposition in the House of Representatives has blocked its passing
. The bill, which sought to postpone the switching off of analog TV in the US from February 17th to June 12th, failed to secure the two-thirds support in the House necessary for its approval. Current estimates suggest that around 6.5m households are unprepared for the switchover, which will see older TVs requiring digital convertor boxes in order to continue receiving broadcasts.