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The Senate has approved a delay of the digital Television transition. The approval, supported by President Obama, now schedules the transition for June 12. Last week the government reported that 1.4 million Americans were on a waiting list for DTV coupons.

SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen has been fired from his position. Allen, a controversial figure inside the organization, said that he was “disappointed in the board’s decision, which was made by written assent,” and that he was “proud” of his record. Allen effectively split the union in half by not replacing negotiators working on cutting a deal with Hollywood studios.

In what is becoming increasingly more popular, many tech companies are laying off thousands of workers. Texas Instruments (3,400), Phillips (6,000), IBM (2,800) and Sprint (8,000) all announced plans to lay off thousands of workers. Each company blames the economy, citing consumer apprehension, and the need to cut costs for the layoffs.

Netflix reported a 45% increase in profits for the quarter. The progressive movie rental company posted a net income of $22.7 million, up from $15.7 million a year ago. While the company has experienced growth in the down trending economy, it did lower its outlook in October from $0.38 a share to $0.30 a share.

About Shelly Palmer

Named LinkedIn’s #1 Voice in Technology for 2017, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory, technology solutions and business development practice focused at the nexus of media and marketing with a special emphasis on machine learning and data-driven decision-making. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for AdAge, and is a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com or subscribe to our daily email http://ow.ly/WsHcb

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"Senate Approves DTV Delay: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer January 27, 2009" by @ShellyPalmer

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