04.10.2008 04:03 PM
FCC Issues $6 Million in DTV Fines, Settles $3.4 Million in V-Chip Violations
The Federal Communications Commission slapped retailers, tuner chip and TV makers with $6 million in fines today. Eleven enforcement orders were approved encompassing labeling, tuner and V-chip violations.

Seven fines totaling $3.9 million were issued to retailers for not properly labeling analog TV sets with a warning that they won’t receive over-the-air signals after Feb. 17, 2009.

Two companies were fined more than $1.6 million for violating DTV tuner rules. Specifics were not defined, but the FCC said the rules restrict “the importation and interstate shipment of analog-only televisions. Two more companies were hit for having inaccessible V-chip systems.

DTV Labeling Fines:

Sears, Roebuck, K-Mart -- $1,096,000
Wal-Mart Stores/Sam's West -- $992,000
Circuit City Stores -- $712,000
Fry's Electronics -- $384,000
Target Corp. -- $296,000
Best Buy Co. Inc. -- $280,000
CompUSA Inc. -- $168,000

TOTAL: $3,928,000

DTV TUNER FINES

Syntax-Brillian -- $1,266,100
Precor Inc. -- $357,900

TOTAL: $1,624,000

DTV V-CHIP FINES

Polaroid Corp. -- $775,000
Proview Technology Inc. -- $300,000

TOTAL: $1,075,000

In a separate action, the commission entered into consent decrees totaling $3.4 million with five more companies over V-chip violations.

V-CHIP CONSENT DECREES

LG Electronics -- $1,700,000
Philips Consumer Electronics -- $450,000
Sanyo Corp. -- $375,000
Vizio Inc. -- $370,000
Panasonic Corp. -- $320,000
Westinghouse Digital Electronics -- $210,000
Audiovox Corp. -- $20,000

TOTAL: $3,445,000


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