House Panel Nixes Set-Top Subsidy

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Working on digital-television legislation, the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected a Democratic-sponsored proposal to provide an estimated $3.5 million to subsidize set-top boxes for analog-television sets after the cutoff of analog-TV signals in 2009.

The committee -- expected to complete work on the bill late Wednesday -- also rejected a Democratic amendment that would have required cable operators to display a 15-second notice when HD signals of broadcasters are downconverted to standard-definition-resolution signals

The bill would end the digital-TV transition by Dec. 31, 2008.

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