By EW Staff
Updated February 05, 2009 at 04:29 PM EST

The House of Representatives voted in favor of delaying the mandatory conversion from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12, less than two weeks before the original Feb. 17 deadline. Last week the Senate passed its bill in favor of the delay, and President Obama has indicated he will sign the final bill, according to the New York Times. Legislators have said the extra four months will help inform consumers and ensure that they receive their government-sponsored coupons to purchase digital converter boxes that enable analog TV sets to receive the digital signal. “Yes, it would be great if everyone had received their coupons, and ifeverybody understood the transition to digital, but they don’t,”Representative Maxine Waters,a Democrat from California, said during the House’s debate on Wednesday.She added that some people, especially older Americans, willbe “terribly inconvenienced.”