Set manufacturers and broadcasters are debating DTV tuner requirements. See the News Bytes article Tuner Comments Fly. For more information see the Joint Comments of the Association for Maximum Service Television and the National Association of Broadcasters - Requirements for Digital Television Receiving Capability and the Consumer Electronics Association press release Proposed New DTV Tuner Mandate Schedule Will Raise TV Prices and Disrupt Market, Say CEA and CERC and the CEA FCC comments (Word document).
The telecom bill introduced last week would prohibit cable companies from downconverting DTV signals to analog or reducing their resolution. See the NewsBytes article Telecom Reform Bill Deep Sixes Down-rezzing.
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