Digital Deadline

Will the Feb. 17, 2009 analog TV shutdown be delayed? That's the topic of the article selected for this week's Digital Deadline highlight. Ted Hearn, in the Multichannel News article "Court Case Threatens Digital TV Transition" describes efforts by the group Public Citizen to have a federal court declare the shutdown is unconstitutional.

Hearn points out that Public Citizen's case against the shutdown isn't based on the mechanics of the transition, but that the law itself was enacted unconstitutionally. Refer to the article for details on this. Hearn also notes that four legal attacks on the deficit reduction act that included the analog shutdown have, so far, been unsuccessful.