Congress delays DTV conversion

Television viewers who haven’t purchased a digital converter box yet can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a congressional act extending the transition.

But Clovis viewers will probably get only a handful of digital signals when the switch does happen. And that means buying special convertor boxes to continue receiving free network TV across the region.

Congress voted Wednesday to delay the transition of digital television broadcasts until June 12.

But low-power translators used to extend network signals from cities such as Amarillo and Albuquerque aren’t required to upgrade to digital by the deadline, according to a the Federal Communications Commission.

Clovis and Portales receive 10 channels through low-power translators in the area, according to a list from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

So, Clovis consumers will have to make sure the digital converter boxes they purchase include an analog pass-through function, according to the National Association of Broadcasters.

The function will allow Clovis viewers to receive both digital and analog signals on their television sets.

“You have to have it ,” said North Plains Mall Radio Shack Manager Bob Standridge.

Standridge said