Six weeks before the nation’s television stations are scheduled to convert to digital transmission, the Obama administration is asking Congress to consider a delay, reports the New York Times. In the most significant sign to date of concern about the impending digital TV transition, Obama transition team co-chairman John Podesta said the government funds to support the change are "woefully inadequate" and said the digital switch date, Feb. 17, should be "reconsidered and extended." Echoing concerns from consumer groups, Podesta said the Obama transition staff has found major difficulties in the transition, which was authorized by Congress in 2005. On Feb. 17, stations are scheduled to cease their analog transmissions and broadcast only in digital form, requiring consumers without a digital-ready TV who rely on over-the-air signals to install converter boxes. Major broadcasters, including ABC and NBC, have signaled that they support a delay. And earlier this week, the president of PBS, Paula Kerger, "said she’s especially concerned that children in less-affluent homes that rely on free television might lose access to PBS educational shows for kids," including Sesame Street, the Associated Press reported. In December, Nielsen Media Research estimated that 7.8 million households, representing 6.8 percent of homes with television, have not upgraded any of their television sets for the transition…

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