PBS says that delaying the digital TV transition for four months would cost public broadcasters $22 million.
The Public Broadcasting System's chief, Paula Kerger, wants lawmakers to keep that in mind as they consider legislation to delay the switch from Feb. 17 to June.
PBS stations will face additional power costs, and in some cases make new arrangements, for sending over-the-air TV signals after mid-February, she said. The switchover date was meant to end the analog, or over-the-air, television signals.
Karger said on Monday that she hoped legislators would put money aside for PBS if they go forward with the delay.